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The Phone Box at the Edge of the World

Laura Imai Messina Lucy Rand

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BONNIER
01 July 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Fiction in translation; Abbey's Double Rewards; Advocate - Fiction
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When you have lost everything, what will you find?

When Yui loses her mother and daughter in the tsunami, she wonders how she will ever carry on. Yet, in the face of this unthinkable loss, life must somehow continue.

Then one day she hears about a widower who has an old disused telephone box in his garden. There the old man finds the strength to speak to his late wife and begin to come to terms with his grief. As news of the phone box spreads, people from miles around will travel there to connect with their own lost loved ones.

Soon Yui will make a pilgrimage to the phone box, too. But once there she cannot bring herself to speak into the receiver. Then she finds Takeshi, a bereaved husband whose own daughter has stopped talking in the wake of their loss.

What happens next will warm your heart, even when it feels as though it is breaking . . .
By:   Laura Imai Messina
Translated by:   Lucy Rand
Imprint:   BONNIER
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   465g
ISBN:   9781786580405
ISBN 10:   1786580403
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   01 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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. She took a Masters in Literature at the International Christian University of Tokyo and a PhD in Comparative Literature at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. The Phone Box at the Edge of the World has been sold in 21 territories.

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