Disillusioned with her marriage and unable to accept her husband’s weaknesses, the young heroine of this novel by Ayako Miura is confronted by the questions, “Is love more than just feelings?” and “What is forgiveness?” Drawing parallels with the parable of the prodigal son, this is a sobering read for all those who seek fulfilment in romantic love and a challenge to those who consider themselves morally superior to others. Thought-provoking without preaching. Read a fuller English summary of Hitsujigaoka here.

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