Set in the Shinagawa and Gotanda districts in south central Tokyo, this book tracks the lives of a cast of young people from fall 2004 to summer 2005. Author Hideo Furukawa describes the work as "one gigantic short story."
A young woman, rejected in love, tries to assuage her feelings of emptiness through shopping; an aspiring young musician makes a living washing the windows of high-rises; a teenager cycles around Tokyo on his beloved bike after being kicked out of home for fighting with his parents; a girl unable to settle into high school instead spends her days hopping endlessly from one bus to another; a former cook, homeless after getting out of prison, cooks up outdoor French meals to comfort the down-on-their-luck in what looks like an act of atonement. Then there's an old woman whose ESP alerts her to the presence of cats; a fraudster with a mafia man on his tail; a female killer passing herself off as a humble cleaning lady; a primary school girl busy putting together a bunny rabbit protection society . . . A total of twenty characters meet, pass one another by, or go their separate ways in a fantastic drama that plays out at hyperspeed. The stray cats (as eager to fight as to propagate) and their epic battles for power are the glue that holds everything together. The author's affection for cats is very much in evidence, making this a companion piece to the 2005 Beruka, hoenainoka? (Beruka, Why Don't You Bark?), an earlier novel written from a dog's perspective.
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