“What do you think? I’m not a starfish or a pepper tree. I’m a living, breathing human being. Of course I’ve been in love.”
This is one of my recommendations for a Murakami gateway book – the others being After the Quake (if you’re more of a short story person or don’t want to commit to a whole novel at first) and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. As with any novel of his, there’s a lot going on. Talking cats, ghosts of WWII, Johnny Walker, and Colonel Sanders all make an appearance. However, it’s also an exploration of what it’s like to be young and of what it’s like to be transgender and of what it’s like to be in love. Arguably, you could say that Murakami does too much to ever do anything well, but I still adore this novel, right down to the bones. PS. Awesome art above by Paige Vickers.