A sweeping, moving novel based on an incredible true story.
Picture an old disused telephone box in a beautiful garden, not found easily.
When Yui loses her mother and daughter in a tsunami, she wonders how she will ever carry on. Yet, in the face of this unthinkable loss, life must somehow continue.
Then one day she hears about a man who has an old disused telephone box in his garden. There, those who have lost loved ones find the strength to speak to them and begin to come to terms with their grief. As news of the phone box spreads, people travel there from miles around.
Soon Yui makes her own pilgrimage to the phone box, too. But once there she cannot bring herself to speak into the receiver. Then she finds Takeshi, a bereaved husband whose own daughter has stopped talking in the wake of their loss.
What happens next will warm your heart, even when it feels like it is breaking.
When you’ve lost everything – what can you find?
About the Author
Laura Imai Messina was born in Rome, Italy but has been living in Japan for the last 15 years. She works between Tokyo and Kamakura, where she lives with her Japanese husband and two children. She took a Master’s in Literature at the International Christian University of Tokyo and a PhD in Comparative Literature at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
She took a Master’s in Literature at the International Christian University of Tokyo and a PhD in Comparative Literature at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. The Phone Box at the Edge of the World has been sold in over 21 territories.
Laura can be found on Twitter and on Instagram, or on her website.
Lucy Rand (Translator): Lucy Rand is a teacher, editor and translator from Norfolk, UK. She has been living in the countryside of Oita in south-west Japan for three years.
Beautiful and moving, this is a joy to read.
It really captures the terrible loss and pain of those left behind, not just after a major tragedy, like a tsunami, but also after those small ones in people’s lives, the deaths of loved ones.
I liked the little lists of characters’ thoughts and asides, it made them more realistic, as we are all made of those little things. Truly a stunning book.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.