The Love We Share Without Knowing: A Novel

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Bantam Books, 2008 - Fiction - 288 pages
23 Reviews
In this haunting, richly woven novel of modern life in Japan, the author of the acclaimed debut One for Sorrow explores the ties that bind humanity across the deepest divides. Here is a Murakamiesque jewel box of intertwined narratives in which the lives of several strangers are gently linked through love, loss, and fate.

On a train filled with quietly sleeping passengers, a young man’s life is forever altered when he is miraculously seen by a blind man. In a quiet town an American teacher who has lost her Japanese lover to death begins to lose her own self. On a remote road amid fallow rice fields, four young friends carefully take their own lives—and in that moment they become almost as one. In a small village a disaffected American teenager stranded in a strange land discovers compassion after an encounter with an enigmatic red fox, and in Tokyo a girl named Love learns the deepest lessons about its true meaning from a coma patient lost in dreams of an affair gone wrong.

From the neon colors of Tokyo, with its game centers and karaoke bars, to the bamboo groves and hidden shrines of the countryside, these souls and others mingle, revealing a profound tale of connection—uncovering the love we share without knowing.

Exquisitely perceptive and deeply affecting, Barzak’s artful storytelling deftly illuminates the inner lives of those attempting to find—or lose—themselves in an often incomprehensible world.

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User Review  - Denise - Goodreads

Vanity, vanity, all is vanity, Japanese edition. I used to really like fantasy novels. In fact, my favorite book, The Lord of the Rings, is a fantasy. So I found it a bit puzzling how much I hate ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ben Payne - Goodreads

The writing is beautiful. I found the kind of "this is a collection of short stories, but also kind of a novel" thing hard to get a handle on. I found that as a linked collection, I forgot who a lot ... Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (2008)

After two years as an English teacher in Japan, Christopher Barzak returned to his home state of Ohio, where he teaches writing at Youngstown State University. His stories have appeared in the anthologies Trampoline, The Coyote Road, Salon Fantastique, Interfictions, and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, as well as in the publications Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Realms of Fantasy, and Nerve, among others. He is also the author of One for Sorrow, his debut novel.

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