The Nakano Thrift Shop

The Nakano Thrift Shop

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Objects for sale at the Nakano Thrift Shop appear as commonplace as the staff and customers that handle them. But like those same customers and staff, they hold many secrets. If examined carefully, they show the signs of innumerable extravagancies, of immeasurable pleasure and pain, and of the deep mysteries of the human heart. Hitomi, the inexperienced young woman who works the register at Mr. Nakano's thrift shop, has fallen for her coworker, the oddly reserved Takeo. Unsure of how to attract his attention, she seeks advice from her employer's sister, Masayo, whose sentimental entanglements make her a somewhat unconventional guide. But thanks in part to Masayo, Hitomi will come to realize that love, desire, and intimacy require acceptance not only of idiosyncrasies but also of the delicate waltz between open and hidden secrets. Animating each delicately rendered chapter in Kawakami's playful novel is Mr. Nakano himself, an original, entertaining, and enigmatic creation whose compulsive mannerisms, secretive love life, and impulsive behavior defy all expectations.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2017.
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9781609453992
Characteristics: 229 pages
Additional Contributors: Powell, Allison Markin


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A wandering story about people who work in a thrift store in Japan. A nice journey to Japan.

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Dec 28, 2017

Charming and quirky like one of the reviews on the book cover says. Interesting in a mellow sort of way, very relaxing read in a way. Funny too, I chuckled many times out loud reading this book. If you want a pleasant book that will calm you down, this book is very good in that way.

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