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Autumn Light, Iyer,  Pico
Autumn Light
Pico Iyer

Paperback $29.99 - Bloomsbury
Travel - Published: 6/May/2019 - ISBN: 9781526611482

For decades now, Pico Iyer has been based for much of the year in Nara, Japan, where he and his Japanese wife, Hiroko, share a two-room apartment. But when his father-in-law dies suddenly, calling him back to Japan earlier than expected, Iyer begins to grapple with the question we all have to live with - how to live with our own and our loved one's mortality. In a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honouring the dead, this question has a special urgency and currency. Iyer leads us through the autumn following his father-in-law's death, introducing us to the people who populate his days- his ailing mother-in-law, who often forgets that her husband has died; his absent brother-in-law, who severed ties with his family years ago but to whom Hiroko still writes letters; and the men and women in his ping-pong club, who, many years his senior, traverse their autumn years in different ways. An exploration of Japanese history and culture and a moving meditation on impermanence, mortality and grief.

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