With this summer-esque weather, hit up the beach with a book or two written by one of our JCCI staff.
Originally written in the spring of 2011 for a high school project right after the wake of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, Sean Kawakami brings us a work of literary fiction, Punctured Japan.
Ryusei Sasaki, a resident of Sendai, Japan, loses his family and home from the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Sheltering himself in the deserted streets of Tokyo, he faces the inevitable, psychological trauma of loss and love. Gripping. Haunting. Kawakami’s first novella straight from his high school years finally comes to print!
In Kawakami’s second publication, To Tune A Stradivarius, a twenty-something unnamed protagonist encounters a reality he’s never pictured to experience—a petite elevator girl with transporting powers, shrinking vehicles, nomadic, lustful women, and unprecedented, lonely nostalgia. It is a meditation on adulthood, timing and opportunities, holding onto what matters to us, the essence of how we grow up to be who we are, in piecemeal steps.