Ms Ice Sandwich

Ms Ice Sandwich

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 10.16mm | 68.04g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782273301
  • 9781782273301
  • 124,358

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

"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

"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 One of John Freeman's 29 Writers to Watch
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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.
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Rating details

189 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 19% (36)
4 49% (92)
3 25% (48)
2 6% (12)
1 1% (1)
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