After Dark by Haruki Murakami
Recommended by Polly Cipparrone
Branch Manager, Del Mar Branch
Ever found yourself in a diner late at night wondering about the other people in there, too? Who they are? Why are they there? What are their stories? In After Dark, author Haruki Murakami takes on an overnight journey, peering into the lives of several twenty-somethings: Mari and her estranged sister Esi; Takahashi, an acquaintance of Mari’s and jazz trombonist; the tough manager of a Japanese “love” hotel; a businessman with a dark secret. Each hour of the morning is a chapter, slowly unfolding the stories and mysteries of each of these characters. Award winning author Murakami’s minimalist writing style and imaginative storytelling keeps the reader an interested voyeur.