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3.5 

Days at the Morisaki Bookshop

By Satoshi Yagisawa & Eric Ozawa
Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa & Eric Ozawa digital book - Fable

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The wise and charming international bestseller and hit Japanese movie—about a young woman who loses everything but finds herself—a tale of new beginnings, romantic and family relationships, and the comfort that can be found in books. 

Twenty-five-year-old Takako has enjoyed a relatively easy existence—until the day her boyfriend Hideaki, the man she expected to wed, casually announces he’s been cheating on her and is marrying the other woman. Suddenly, Takako’s life is in freefall. She loses her job, her friends, and her acquaintances, and spirals into a deep depression. In the depths of her despair, she receives a call from her distant uncle Satoru.

An unusual man who has always pursued something of an unconventional life, especially after his wife Momoko left him out of the blue five years earlier, Satoru runs a second-hand bookshop in Jimbocho, Tokyo’s famous book district. Takako once looked down upon Satoru’s life. Now, she reluctantly accepts his offer of the tiny room above the bookshop rent-free in exchange for helping out at the store. The move is temporary, until she can get back on her feet. But in the months that follow, Takako surprises herself when she develops a passion for Japanese literature, becomes a regular at a local coffee shop where she makes new friends, and eventually meets a young editor from a nearby publishing house who’s going through his own messy breakup.

But just as she begins to find joy again, Hideaki reappears, forcing Takako to rely once again on her uncle, whose own life has begun to unravel. Together, these seeming opposites work to understand each other and themselves as they continue to share the wisdom they’ve gained in the bookshop.

Translated By Eric Ozawa

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751 Reviews

3.5
Slightly Smiling Face
Characters change and growLikable charactersEasy to readRealistic settingComing of ageFeel goodUnsatisfying plot
Slightly Smiling Face“A quick and enjoyable read. The story, set in a cozy and Ghibli-like scenery, creates a destination for your mind to wonder off to. It is ambient, comforting yet unique in a way that it keeps you engaged without unexpected twists. The bookshop is a character in its own right, so much so that by the time you finish reading the book, you realise you wouldn’t mind spending the rest of your life tending to it yourself.”
Characters change and growDescriptive writingBeautiful settingRealistic settingRomantic
Slightly Smiling Face
Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to read
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Loved, loved this. It was an unexpected one that I couldn’t put down. I appreciate the journey the main character goes through and how real it was. Very enjoyable.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveRealistic setting
Slightly Smiling Face
Likable charactersEasy to readFast-pacedMagical settingComing of agePredictableUnengaging characters

About Satoshi Yagisawa

Satoshi Yagisawa was born in Chiba, Japan, in 1977. His debut novel, Days at the Morisaki Bookshop, won the Chiyoda Literature Prize.

Eric Ozawa

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