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. 41 years old, a bored wife and a dutiful mother, Mayumi's job as a librarian on a small island off the coast of New England feeds her passion for reading but does little to remedy the boredom of her days. That is, until the day she issues a library card to a shy 17 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 : Europa Editions, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781609452698
1609452690
Branch Call Number: TSE
Characteristics: 281 pages

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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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