In this gloriously over-the-top tale, Aoyama, a widower who has lived alone with his son ever since his wife died seven years before, finally decides it is time to remarry. Since Aoyama is a bit rusty when it comes to dating, a filmmaker friend proposes that, in order to attract the perfect wife, they do a casting call for a movie they don't intend to produce. As the resumes pile up, only one of the applicants catches Aoyama's attention-Yamasaki Asami-a striking young former ballerina with a mysterious past. Blinded by his instant and total infatuation, Aoyama is too late in discovering that she is a far cry from the innocent young woman he imagines her to be. The novel's fast-paced, thriller conclusion doesn't spare the reader as Yamasaki takes off her angelic mask and reveals what lies beneath.
- Paperback | 192 pages
- 139.7 x 203.2 x 17.78mm | 158.76g
- 07 Jun 2010
- WW Norton & Co
- New York, United States
"The prose...is elegiac and affecting, but it has the sharp, visceral feel of the butcher's knife or surgeon's scalpel...a highly compulsive, one-sitting read." -- Irvine Welsh - The Guardian
About Ryu Murakami
Ryu Murakami is the best-selling author of more than a dozen novels and the winner of Japan's prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. Many of his novels have been made into movies, including Audition. He lives in Japan.