Ms Ice Sandwich (Paperback)
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Ms Ice Sandwich (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 96 Pages / Published: 30/11/2017
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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.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782273301
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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

"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

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