Ms Ice Sandwich

Ms Ice Sandwich

3.82 (5,131 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$13.95

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


A quixotic and funny tale about first love - from the Akutagawa Prize-winning author

Ms Ice Sandwich seems to lack social graces, but our young narrator is totally smitten with her. He is in awe of her aloofness, her skill at slipping sandwiches into bags, and, most electric of all, her ice-blue eyelids. Every day he is drawn to the supermarket just to watch her in action. But life has a way of interfering - there is his mother, forever distracted, who can tell the fortunes of women; his grandmother, silently dying, who listens to his heart; and his classmate, Tutti, no stranger to pain, who shares her private thrilling world with him.

Tender, warm, yet unsentimental, Ms Ice Sandwich is a story about new starts, parents who have departed, and the importance of saying goodbye.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 10.16mm | 99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782273301
  • 9781782273301
  • 118,371

Review quote

One of John Freeman's 29 Writers to Watch

"Whimsical... Described as Haruki Murakami's "favorite young novelist," Kawakami is destined to charm Anglophone audiences as well." -- Library Journal "Mieko Kawakami is a master of the novella. . . A moving and surprisingly funny tale of growing up and learning how to lose, it is no overstatement to assert that Ms Ice Sandwich is Mieko Kawakami at her very best. . . Very highly recommended." -- Midwest Book Review "Delightful... Kawakami's dialogue, fluidly rendered into English by Louise Heal Kawai, captures beautifully and with great humor the eager dynamism of a child's mind." -- World Literature Today "A subtle and endearing novella with a sweet sense of humor. Kawakami touches on loss, societal perceptions, first loves and new beginnings through the eyes of a grade-school boy and his relationships with the women closest to him." --Sara S., Vroman's Bookstores "Mieko Kawakami's 2008 novel Breasts & Eggs won Japan's prestigious Akutagawa Prize. The reissued novella Ms Ice Sandwich... is a delightful distraction, and an appetiser for her work." -- The Irish Times "A touching novella. . . Poignant." -- Culture Trip "Easily digestible...a book that ultimately lives longer in the memory than the hour or so it takes to read." -- Financial Times "Among many other awards, Haruki Murakami listed Mieko Kawakami as his favorite young writer, so you're obviously going to want to snatch up Ms. Ice Sandwich, her first book translated into English. This is a lovely coming-of-age story about a boy who becomes obsessed with a woman who sells sandwiches." -- Bustle "In Louise Heal Kawai's translation, the novella is a wonderful example of the power of narrative voice." -- Japan Times "Reading this quirky coming of age novella was one of the best hours I've spent in sometime." -- The Word's Shortlist (blog) "Haruki Murakami's favourite young writer. . . a funny, touching story." -- A Life in Books
show more

About Mieko Kawakami

Mieko Kawakami was born in Osaka in 1976. Her second novella, Breasts and Eggs (2008), won the Akutagawa Prize and has been translated into Norwegian, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean and more. She has published many books, including novels, short stories, essays, and prose poems. In 2016, she was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young Japanese Novelists.
show more

Rating details

5,131 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 23% (1,161)
4 43% (2,199)
3 29% (1,484)
2 5% (253)
1 1% (34)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X