For fans of BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD, fairy tale and magic are weaved together in sparse language that belies a flooring emotional punch. ''Strange and beautiful. Imagine the offspring of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle with The Virgin Suicides '' GUARDIAN Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami _______________________________ How can you save your friend''s life if she doesn''t want to be rescued? In a tranquil neighbourhood of Tokyo, seven teenagers wake to find their bedroom mirrors are shining. At a single touch, they are pulled from their lonely lives to a wondrous castle filled with winding stairways, watchful portraits and twinkling chandeliers. In this new sanctuary, they are confronted with a set of clues leading to a hidden room where one of them will be granted a wish. But there''s a catch: if they don''t leave the castle by five o''clock, they will be punished. As time passes, a devastating truth emerges: only those brave enough to share their stories will be saved. Tender, playful, gripping, LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR is a mesmerizing tale about the importance of reaching out, confronting anxiety and embracing human connection. Readers love LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR: ***** ''This book has become one of my favourite Japanese literature reads of all time . . . A magical heart felt read that will stay with you'' ***** ''Unexpected, beautiful and heart-breaking . . . this is a work of fiction which reaches into the heart of a modern problem and has valuable insight'' ***** ''Rich and vivid with lots of emotions . . . This book is a symbol of "hope is still there''