Author: Richard McGowan
Year it was published: 2011
Junichi is a young fashion designer; his after-hours obsession is with the paintings of Renoir. Kazue, a woman adrift, toils by day in an office, devoting her spare time to doll houses and night life. In the vast urban sprawl of Tokyo, they meet as the prospective partners in an arranged marriage. After the relationship falls apart, their influence on one another continues, catalyzed by the juxtaposition of traditional and modern forces around them. Junichi comes under the influence of Fumie's teacup and soon their separate lives begin to change in unanticipated ways.
This is the best available edition to date, and the least expensive. It replaces the Spectrum (electronic) edition of 1995 and the XLibris edition of 2001; and contains author's corrections.
I do admit that the story and the book do sound interesting, but there seemed to be constant switch of characters' points of view which made it for me a bit awkward as far as I read.
I don't think I'll continue reading the book
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)