Half a million copies sold.
Winner of the Japan Booksellers Award voted for by the booksellers across Japan.
CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN with a fantasy twist, exploring emotional and anxiety issues in modern-day Japan.
How will you help your friend if she doesn’t want to be saved?
In a tranquil neighbourhood of Tokyo, seven teenagers wake to find the mirrors in their bedrooms are shining. At a single touch, they are pulled from their lonely lives into a wondrous castle filled with watchful portraits, winding stairways and twinkling chandeliers. Hidden within the walls is a key which will grant one wish, and a set of clues with which to find it. But there’s a catch: they must leave the premises by five o’clock or suffer a fatal end.
And so they begin to unlock each other’s stories: how a boy is showered with more gadgets than love; how another suffers a painful and unexplained rejection, and how a girl lives in fear of her predatory stepfather. As time passes, the devastating truth emerges: only those brave enough to share their stories will be saved.
At the heart of this tender, playful tale is a powerful message about the importance of reaching out. Above all, it shows how with one kind act you can change your life for the better, and more importantly, you can change the lives of others.
Readers love LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR:
‘Ms. Tsujimura often deals with important themes, but what I like is you’re left with an upbeat feeling after you finish.’
‘I shed some tears this time, too, at the end.’
‘I got gooseflesh I don’t know how many times as I read this’
‘I couldn’t stop crying at the ending and the epilogue.’
‘I’d like my daughter to read this, and look forward to her thoughts.’
‘Rare is the novel that is this sad, surprising, moving, and heart-warming. Shows how important it is when people reach out and help each other.’
- Cat. No.