Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage|Haruki Murakami
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
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An instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

One of the most revered voices in literature today gives us a story of love, friend­ship, and heartbreak for the ages.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the remarkable story of a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present.

A New York Times and Washington Post notable book, and one of the Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, and BookPage's best books of the year


  • ISBN-13: 9780804170123
  • ISBN-10: 0804170126
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds
  • Page Count: 336

Book Clubs: Finding his true colors

Deeply inquisitive and beautifully rendered, Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, features a troubled protagonist who is trying to make sense of a painful past. A successful engineer, Tsukuru lives in contemporary Tokyo, where he builds railroad stations and has a new girlfriend named Sara. Pretty, smart and perceptive, Sara knows that something is holding Tsukuru back from living a life of complete fulfillment. And she’s right: Tsukuru was wounded years ago when four close teenage friends turned their backs on him without explanation. In the wake of their abandonment, Tsukuru felt suicidal, certain that he was somehow to blame. When Sara persuades him to seek out his old friends and learn the reasons behind their desertion, he finds himself on the quest of a lifetime. Out of Tsukuru’s attempt to solve the mystery that lies at the center of his life, Murakami spins a compelling and emotionally authentic narrative. It’s another masterwork from a writer who’s in a class by himself.

In her stunning novel Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, Francine Prose offers up an intricate narrative filled with characters who dwell on the city’s margins. Lou Villars is a crossdressing lesbian and an athlete of exceptional ability. Her lover, the unscrupulous Arlette, is a performer. Together, they frequent a bar that flouts convention by welcoming gays and other unorthodox types. Recording the scene is Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi, whose iconic photos of Paris nightlife come to symbolize the era. Prose tells their story over the course of her mesmerizing, multifaceted novel. Using a variety of narrative vehicles—including writings by expat American novelist Lionel Maine (a character based on Henry Miller)—Prose creates a captivating account of Lou’s life and the dark work she eventually does for the Nazis. Inspired by a Brassaï photo from the 1930s, Prose’s seductive tale of a permissive Paris between the wars is also a provocative exploration of identity and the search for acceptance.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is based on the life of Sarah Grimké, an outspoken abolitionist who lived in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1800s. Headstrong Sarah is the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner. A woman of principle who believes in justice and equality, she seeks a platform for her energies. Since childhood, she has been friends with Handful, a slave owned by the Grimké family who is her personal maid. Smart and courageous, Handful puts up an obedient, dutiful front but has hopes of making a new life for herself. The two women remain friends over the years, and both work in different ways to find their own versions of liberty. Kidd’s characters are larger than life, but she tells their story in a way that’s intimate and personal, presenting a nuanced depiction of their friendship. A pick for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, Kidd’s latest novel will get book clubs talking.


This article was originally published in the May 2015 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.