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Kazuo Ishiguro's Inspired Sequence of Stories, Nocturnes

From the award-winning author of Remains of the Day comes Nocturnes, Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, which is as affecting as it is beautiful.

With the clarity and precision that have become his trademarks, Kazuo Ishiguro interlocks five short pieces of fiction to create a world that resonates with emotion, heartbreak, and humor. Here is a fragile, once famous singer, turning his back on the one thing he loves; a music junky with little else to offer his friends but opinion; a songwriter who inadvertently breaks up a marriage; a jazz musician who thinks the answer to his career lies in changing his physical appearance; and a young cellist whose tutor has devised a remarkable way to foster his talent. For each, music is a central part of their lives and, in one way or another, delivers them to an epiphany.

“Expressive and harmonic, delicate yet substantive…. A true virtuoso performance.”
—Christian Science Monitor

“In both craft and substance Nocturnes reveals a master at work.”
—Seattle Times

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