Sweet Bean Paste

(1 customer review)

£8.99

‘I’m in story heaven with this book.’ Cecelia Ahern, author of P.S. I Love You

A charming tale of friendship, love and loneliness in contemporary Japan

Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, and his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory.

With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste. But everything is about to change. Into his life comes Tokue, an elderly woman with disfigured hands and a troubled past.

Tokue makes the best sweet bean paste Sentaro has ever tasted. She begins to teach him her craft, but as their friendship flourishes, social pressures become impossible to escape and Tokue’s dark secret is revealed,with devastating consequences. Sweet Bean Paste is a moving novel about the burden of the past and the redemptive power of friendship.

Translated into English for the first time, Durian Sukegawa’s beautiful prose is capturing hearts all over the world.

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Description

‘I’m in story heaven with this book.’ Cecelia Ahern, author of P.S. I Love You

A charming tale of friendship, love and loneliness in contemporary Japan

Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, and his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory.

With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste. But everything is about to change. Into his life comes Tokue, an elderly woman with disfigured hands and a troubled past.

Tokue makes the best sweet bean paste Sentaro has ever tasted. She begins to teach him her craft, but as their friendship flourishes, social pressures become impossible to escape and Tokue’s dark secret is revealed,with devastating consequences. Sweet Bean Paste is a moving novel about the burden of the past and the redemptive power of friendship.

Translated into English for the first time, Durian Sukegawa’s beautiful prose is capturing hearts all over the world.

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
ISBN

9781786071958

Author

Sukegawa, Durian

Publisher

Oneworld Publications

Binding

Paperback

1 review for Sweet Bean Paste

  1. Christine Morgan

    This is an unusual story, beautifully written, with a big heart that is a joy to read. It is set in Japan and the blossom of cherry trees are used to mark the passage of time and provide a lingering almost magical back drop to the lives of the three main characters Sentaro, Tokue and Wakana.

    The story made me think about the different challenges different people have in their lives and the author leaves the reader with this very philosophical and profound thought, expressed by Tokue:
    “We were born in order see and listen to the world.”

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