One of the IndyPL 2020 Adult Summer Reading activities—read a book by an international author—reminded me to experience the surreal worlds of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. This novella with an intriguing premise (and book design) seemed like a fine place to start and, perhaps, gain some momentum. And how! It was as perfectly thrilling as reading Italo Calvino and Kurt Vonnegut for the first time. The story of a compulsively meek young reader trapped in a nightmarish public library unfolds kind of like a claustrophobic sequence in a David Lynch film and echoes elements of Franz Kafka, Lewis Carroll, and the Brothers Grimm. Just my cup of tea (or plate of fresh doughnuts, as the case may be). (Also available as an ebook.)

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