What would you do if you knew you only had 100 days left to live?For Lucio Battistini, it's a chance to spend the rest of his life the way he always should have - by making every moment count.
From helping his hopelessly romantic, widowed father-in-law find love, discovering comfort in enduring friendships, and finding new ones, Lucio becomes, at last, the man he's always meant to be.
In 100 epigrammatic chapters, one for each of Lucio's remaining days on earth, 100 Days of Happiness is as delicious as a hot doughnut and a morning cappuccino. Her work is not the kind which can be discussed in public but she is in a hurry to carry out an assignment and, with the traffic at a stand-still, the driver proposes a solution.
Wistful, often hilarious, and always delectable, 100 Days of Happiness reminds us all to remember the preciousness of life and what matters most. She agrees, but as a result of her actions starts to feel increasingly detached from the real world.
She has been on a top-secret mission, and her next job will lead her to encounter the apparently superhuman founder of a religious cult.
Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer.
He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange affair surrounding a literary prize to which a mysterious seventeen-year-old girl has submitted her remarkable first novel.
It seems to be based on her own experiences and moves readers in unusual ways. Aomame and Tengo's stories influence one another, at times by accident and at times intentionally, as the two come closer and closer to intertwining.
As 1Q84 accelerates towards its conclusion, both are pursued by persons and forces they do not know and cannot understand.
As they begin to decipher more about the strange world into which they have slipped, so they sense their destinies converging.
What they cannot know is whether they will find one another before they are themselves found. A bus skids and crashes and is stranded in a gathering storm.
1Q84 is a magnificent and fully-imagined work of fiction - a thriller, a love-story and a mind-bending ode to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. There's a small town twenty miles away, where a vulnerable witness is guarded around the clock.