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Hotel Iris
Author: Yoko Ogawa

ISBN: 9780312425241
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 18 March 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.828 x 14.224 x 1.524
In this trade paperback original, Yoko Ogawa, beloved author of The Housekeeper and the Professor, returns with the twisted tale of a young girl's affair with a mysterious translator on an island off the coast of Japan.

In a crumbling, sea-side hotel on the coast of Japan, quiet, seventeen-year-old Mari works the front desk as her mother fusses over the off-season customers. When one night, they are forced to eject a middle-aged man and a prostitute from their room, Mari finds herself drawn to the man's voice, in what will become the first gesture of a long seduction.

The mysterious man lives quietly as a translator on an island off the coast. A widower, there are murmurs around town that he may have murdered his wife. Mari begins to visit him, but as he initiates her into a dark realm of both pain and pleasure, she finds herself also attracted to his earnest young nephew. As Mari's mother and the police begin to close in on the illicit affair, events move to a dramatic climax.

A Q&A with Yoko Ogawa

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