The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina 376 pages

Yui has lost her mother and daughter in the Japanese tsunami of 2011. Uncertain how to deal with her all encompassing grief, she learns of a phone booth far from where she lives in Tokyo that mourners use as a symbolic way to talk to the dead. During her first journey there, she meets a surgeon who has lost his wife to cancer. From that day on, they make the pilgrimage together once a month.

Messina’s novel is a fine example of how some individuals cope with grief, love and loss. Although one would think The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World would be a terribly depressing read; it truly isn’t. It’s a work filled with hope and is life affirming. The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World is a beautiful, heartfelt gem.

The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina 376 pages

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