Book Selections 02: Chances
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Toru Okada just lost his cat. And his wife. Suddenly, a strange cast of characters weave their way into his life, along with an empty well, a blue mark, and a number of odd dreams. Toru must take the leap into this new, unfamiliar world, in an attempt to rescue the life he has lost.
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
It is 1923 and Virginia Woolf is struggling with her mental illness. It is 2001 and Clarissa Vaughan is buying flowers for her friend’s party. It is 1949 and Laura Brown is preparing her husband’s birthday party. The lives of these three women are condensed into the hours of one day, through the lens of Woolf’s acclaimed, stream-of-consciousness novel Mrs. Dalloway.
Ubik by Philip K. Dick
Following Glen Runciter’s death, Joe Chip’s world as he
knows it begins to disintegrate. Life begins to deteriorate,
bit by bit, until it is nearly unrecognizable. How will Joe
Chip return back to reality? What is reality?
Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
After his apartment burns down, Asterios buys a bus ticket
that will take him as far as his money can take him. As he
starts a brand new life, he reassesses his past to find what
is truly important to him and musters up the courage to seize
what he’s longed for all this time.