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The phone booth at the edge of the world / Laura Imai Messina ; translated from the Italian by Lucy Rand.

Imai Messina, Laura, (author.). Rand, Lucy, (translator.).

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at York County Libraries.

Current holds

1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Dover Area Community Library Adults IMA Fiction (Text) 34217000843805 Adult Area New Checked Out 07/06/2021
Martin Library Adults MES Fiction (Text) 33454005802293 Atrium Checked Out 07/01/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781419754302 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1419754300 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 400 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : The Overlook Press, 2021.

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General Note:
Includes Reading Group Questions (pages 387-389).
Summary, etc.:
When Yui loses both her mother and her daughter in the tsunami, she begins to mark the passage of time from that date onward: Everything is relative to March 11, 2011, the day the tsunami tore Japan apart, and when grief took hold of her life. Yui struggles to continue on, alone with her pain. Then, one day she hears about a man on Whale Mountain--one of the places worst hit by the tsunami--who has an old disused telephone booth in his garden with a disconnected phone inside. There, those who have lost loved ones find the strength to speak to them and begin to come to terms with their grief. As news of the phone booth and its "wind phone" spreads, people start coming from miles around to speak to loved ones, finding comfort in sharing the details of their daily lives with those they have lost. Soon Yui makes her own pilgrimage to the phone booth, too. But once there she cannot bring herself to speak into the receiver. Instead she finds Takeshi, a bereaved husband whose own daughter has stopped talking in the wake of her mother's death. An unforgettable story about the depths of grief, the lightness of love, and the human longing to keep the people who are no longer with us close to our hearts.
Language Note:
In English. Translated from the Italian.
Subject: Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan, 2011 > Fiction.
Telephone booths > Fiction.
Grief > Fiction.
Death > Fiction.
Japan > Fiction.
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