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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Murakami, Oyeyemi, Wideman, and More

Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from Haruki Murakami, Helen OyeyemiJohn Edgar Wideman, and more—that are publishing this week.

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First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami (translated by Philip Gabriel)

Here’s what  about : “Murakami’s engrossing collection (after the novel ) offers a crash course in his singular style and vision, blending passion for music and baseball and nostalgia for youth with portrayals of young love and moments of magical realism. The one thing shared by the collection’s eight stories is their use of the first-person-singular voice. Murakami’s gift for evocative, opaque magical realism shines in ‘ Plays Bossa Nova,’ in which a review of a fictional album breathes new life into the ghost of the jazz great, and ‘Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey,’ wherein a talking monkey ruminates with a traveler on love and belonging. Murakami finds ample material in young love and sex, showcased in ‘On a Stone Pillow,’ in which a young man’s brief tryst with a coworker, unremarkable in itself, takes on

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