Author(s): Mizuki Tsujimura
- Half a million copies sold - Winner of the Japan Booksellers Award voted for by the booksellers across Japan - CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN with a fantasy twist, exploring emotional and anxiety issues in modern-day Japan. How can you save your friend's life if she doesn't want to be rescued? In a tranquil neighbourhood of Tokyo, seven teenagers wake to find the mirrors in their bedrooms are shining. At a single touch, they are pulled from their lonely lives into to a wondrous castle filled with winding stairways, watchful portraits and twinkling chandeliers. In this new sanctuary, they are confronted with a set of clues leading to a hidden room where one of them will be granted a wish. But there's a catch: if they don't leave by five o'clock, they will die. As time passes, a devastating truth emerges: only those brave enough to share their stories will be saved. At the heart of this heartbreaking, playful tale is a powerful message about the importance of reaching out, confronting anxiety and embracing human connection. Readers love LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR: - Ms. Tsujimura often deals with important themes, but what I like is you're left with an upbeat feeling after you finish. - This book made me weep, espcially towards the end. - It gave me gooseflesh reading this - I couldn't stop crying at the end. - I'd like my daughter to read this, and look forward to her thoughts. - Rare is the novel that is this sad, surprising, moving, and heart-warming. Shows how important it is when people reach out and help each other. .