Heaven (Paperback)

Heaven By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator) Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
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A heartbreaking portrayal of a middle school-aged boy as he navigates being bullied by his peers at school every day. Kawakami has proven herself to be an expert in all kinds of loneliness, and she's always interested in the one relationship or chance encounter that changes things for the better. On isolation, she poignantly writes, "It was like being a piece of furniture in a room no one uses." Absolutely.

— Peter

June 2021 Indie Next List

“I loved this book. Its portrayal of bullying is moving and intelligent. Kawakami gives us characters who speak to the heart and illustrate in one form or another the dilemma facing everyone in adolescence. Hopeful but chilling in equal measures.”
— Don Luckham, The Toadstool Bookshop - Keene, Keene, NH



"A raw, painful, and tender portrait of adolescent misery... This book is very likely to make you cry."--Lily Meyer, NPR

With profound tenderness and sensitivity, Japanese literary superstar Mieko Kawakami turns her unique gaze onto the causes and effects of violence. Raw but revelatory, this novel stands as a dazzling confirmation of Kawakami's standing as one of her country's most insightful and compelling novelists.

In Heaven, a shy high-school student is subjected to bullying from his classmates and the only person capable of understanding his ordeal is a young classmate who suffers similar treatment at the hands of her tormentors. Each finds in the other a unique sensibility capable of offering not only solace but also a fresh perspective on their predicaments.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781609457457
ISBN-10: 1609457455
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: August 16th, 2022
Pages: 176
Language: English