Sunday 28 March 2021

Book Review: At the End of the Matinee by Hirano Keiichiro (Contemporary Fiction)

Title: At the End of the Matinee
Author: Hirano Keiichiro
Publisher: Amazon Crossing
Publication Date: 15 April 2021
eBook - PDF
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Classical guitarist Satoshi Makino has toured the world and is at the height of his career when he first lays eyes on journalist Yoko Komine. Their bond forms instantly.

Upon their first meeting, after Makino’s concert in Tokyo, they begin a conversation that will go on for years, with long spells of silence broken by powerful moments of connection. She’s drawn by Makino’s tender music and his sensitivity, and he is intrigued by Yoko’s refinement and intellect. But neither knows enough about love to see it blooming nor has the confidence to make the first move. Will their connection endure, weaving them back together like instruments in a symphony, or will fate lead them apart?


At the End of the Matinee by Hirano Keiichiro is a character-drive contemporary tale of a relationship that has potential, but which struggles to commence due to various misunderstandings and twists of fate. Both Yoko and Makino came across well, and I engaged in their story right from the start. As an amateur musician myself, I enjoyed all the music references and discussions throughout the book, and the translation was deftly handled, the prose flowing beautifully. At the End of the Matinee is a deceptively simple story at first glance, but it has many hidden depths, and I would be glad to read more works by Hirano Keiichiro in the future.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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