Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness

Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness

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Books may be Mayumi Saito's greatest love and her one source of true pleasure. Forty-one years old, disenchanted wife, and dutiful mother, Mayumi's work as a librarian on a small island off the coast of New England feeds her passion for reading and provides her with many occasions for wry observations on human nature, but it does little to remedy the mundanity of her days. That is, until the day she issues a library card to a shy seventeen-year-old boy and swiftly succumbs to a sexual obsession that subverts the way she sees the library, her family, the island she lives on, and ultimately herself.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781609452698
1609452690
Branch Call Number: Fiction Tseng
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 21 cm

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Sep 14, 2015

Drowning in so many feels right now. I picked this book up expecting some kind of drama, since it is about a 41 year old woman having an illicit affair with a 17 year old boy, but I was NOT expecting to be be completely blown away by the characters and the storyline. Beautifully written prose that made me stop every few pages just to *think* and allow myself to fully appreciate the words written on the page. Suspenseful all the way to the ending which I was not even anticipating. Literally said the words, "oh my god" as soon as I finished.

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