Author: Kawakami Mieko
Publication Date: 12 May 2022
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: ARC from Publisher
Shy, lonely and introverted Fuyuko lives alone and fills her days with her job as a freelance proofreader. About to turn thirty-five, she cannot imagine ever having any emotional or successful relationship in her life as it currently stands. She is regularly haunted by encounters of the past.
But Fuyuko loves the light and goes out on the night of her birthday, Christmas Eve, to count the lights.
Her only friend, Hijiri, offers some light in her life, but it is a chance encounter with another man, Mr. Mitsutsuka, a physics teacher, who offers her access from another dimension to light.
All the Lovers in the Night is the fourth book by Kawakami Mieko I have read and I enjoyed it greatly. It is a compelling tale of a woman on the edges of society whose world slowly changes following a chance meeting. Fuyuko is captivating in all her idiosyncrasy and there were parts of her tale that I found highly relatable, being both an editor and a bit of an introvert myself. The style of the prose and storytelling may not appeal to all readers, but I recommend giving it a try if you like slow-burn tales with a realistic look at life. It gets 4.5 stars from me.
I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.