Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa

Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa

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A new and enticing voice in fiction draws readers through the streets of Paris and New York on an intricate adventure. It's twisting, contemplative, playful and darkly entertaining.

What writer Benjamin Constable needs is a real-life adventure wilder than his rampant imagination. And who better to shake up his comfortable Englishman-in-Paris routine than the enigmatic Tomomi "Butterfly" Ishikawa, who has just sent a cryptic suicide note?

She's planted a slew of clues--in the pages of her journal, on the hard drive of her computer, tucked away in public places, under flowerpots, and behind statues. Heartbroken, confused, and accompanied by an imaginary cat, Ben embarks upon a scavenger hunt leading to charming and unexpected spaces, from the hidden alleys of Paris to the cobblestone streets of New York City.

But Butterfly's posthumous messages are surprisingly well informed for the words of a dead person, and they're full of confessions of a past darkened by insanity, betrayal, and murder. The treasures Ben is unearthing are installments of a gruesome memoir. Now he must draw a clear line between the real and surreal if he is to save himself, Butterfly, and what remains of their crazy and amazing friendship.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, ©2013
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781451667264
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 21 cm.

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Jan 02, 2014

A morbid but oddly light-hearted scavenger hunt inspired by a friend's suicide notes leads an expatriate author on an ever more obsessive quest through Paris and New York to uncover the darkest secrets of a very scary life. Think of the movie "Amelie" done as a noir film and you'll get an idea of the tone here. As well as being a portrait of an unforgettable woman, the book winds up being a tribute to the power of friendship, but without any easy victory for light over darkness. Could have been a leaden read, but the style is casual and disarming.

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