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“A raw, tender portrait of adolescent misery, reminiscent of Elena Ferrante’s fiction.” —NPR

From the bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs, a sharp and illuminating novel about the impact of violence and the power of solidarity.

Tormented by his peers because of his lazy eye, Kawakami’s protagonist suffers in silence. His only respite comes thanks to his friendship with a girl who is also the victim of relentless teasing. But what is the nature of a friendship if your shared bond is terror?

Unflinching yet tender, intimate and multi-layered, Heaven is yet another dazzling testament to Kawakami’s uncontainable talent.

“An argument in favor of meaning, of beauty, of life.” —The New York Times Book Review

“If you enjoyed Mieko Kawakami’s brilliant Breasts and Eggs, you’re certain to be astonished by her latest novel exploring violence and bullying with fierce, feminist and damning candor.” —Ms. Magazine

“This is the real magic of Heaven, which shows us how to think about morality as an ongoing, dramatic activity. It can be maddening and ruinous and isolating. But it can also be shared, enlivened . . . and momentarily redeemed through unheroic acts of solidarity.” —The New Yorker

“Quietly devastating.” —TIME Magazine

“Keen psychological insight, brilliant sensitivity, and compassionate understanding.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Raw and eloquent. . . . An unexpected classic.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An incredible literary talent.” —Booklist, starred review

“Kawakami writes with jagged, visceral beauty.” —Oprah Daily

“Kawakami never lets us settle comfortably, which is a testament to her storytelling power.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“One of Japan’s brightest stars.” —Japan Times