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Lonely Castle in the Mirror

By Mizuki Tsujimura & Philip Gabriel
Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura & Philip Gabriel digital book - Fable

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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER! 

A Studio Ghibli-esque work of Japanese translation “that lays bare the anxieties and desperation—and the small triumphs—of adolescence” (Locus), for fans of Mieko Kawakami’s Heaven.

Seven students find unusual common ground in this warm, puzzle-like Japanese bestseller laced with gentle fantasy and compassionate insight.


Bullied to the point of dropping out of school, Kokoro’s days blur together as she hides in her bedroom, unable to face her family or friends. As she spirals into despair, her mirror begins to shine; with a touch, Kokoro is pulled from her lonely life into a resplendent, bizarre fairytale castle guarded by a strange girl in a wolf mask. Six other students have been brought to the castle, and soon this marvelous refuge becomes their playground. 

The castle has a hidden room that can grant a single wish, but there are rules to be followed, and breaking them will have dire consequences. As Kokoro and her new acquaintances spend more time in their new sanctuary, they begin to unlock the castle’s secrets and, tentatively, each other’s. 

Lonely Castle in the Mirror is a mesmerizing, heart-warming novel about the unexpected rewards of embracing human connection.

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“That. Was amazing. Everything was so well thought out. It's such a comforting and magical read.”
Thumbs Up“the pace is quite slow, i can enjoy the story fully when i reach 70% into the book. the plot twist🔥🔥”
“This book hooked me from the beginning, the premise of going to a castle inside of a mirror when they try to find the wishing key is so fun and adventurous. But, as the story goes by the plot gets boring, although I am grateful for the description of each character's back story. the mundane activity that they’ve done in the castle is so boring and doesn’t have any impact on their initial goal. It took 70% of the book, for the plot to finally move. In this part, I had so much fun and enjoyed every twist and reveal they had.”
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About Mizuki Tsujimura

Mizuki Tsujimura (????) lives in Tokyo and is a well-known author of bestselling mystery novels in Japan. Her groundbreaking novel Lonely Castle in the Mirror combines elements of Japanese fantasy with highly relevant themes of emotional wellbeing and friendship. It won the coveted Japan Booksellers' Award, voted by booksellers as the book they most like to sell, and became an instant no.1 bestseller in Japan, selling over half a million copies. Tsujimura has also won the Naoki prize for her work. Rights have sold across the world.

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