Laura Imai Messina has been living in Japan for the last 15 years and works between Tokyo and Kamakura, where she lives with her Japanese husband and two children. Lucy Rand is a teacher, editor and translator from Norfolk, UK. She has been living in the countryside of Oita in south-west Japan for three years.
'A moving and uplifting anatomisation of grief and the small miraculous moments that persuade people to start looking forward again' - Sunday Times 'Strangely beautiful, uplifting and memorable, it's a book to savour' - Choice, Book of the Month 'A poignant, atmospheric novel dealing with love, coming to terms with loss and the restoration of one's self' - Daily Mail 'A story about the dogged survival of hope when all else is lost . . . A striking haiku of the human heart' - The Times 'Beautiful. A message of hope for anyone who is lost, frightened or grieving' - Clare Mackintosh, Sunday Times bestselling author of After the End 'Incredibly moving. It will break your heart and soothe your soul' - Stacey Halls, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars 'Mesmerising . . . beautiful . . . a joy to read' - Joanna Glen, Costa shortlisted author of The Other Half of Augusta Hope 'Spare and poetic, this beautiful book is both a small, quiet love story and a vast expansive meditation on grieving and loss' - Heat 'A perfect poignant read' - Woman & Home