The Phone Box at the Edge of the World By Laura Imai Messina

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World By Laura Imai Messina


When Yui loses her mother and daughter in the tsunami, she wonders how she will ever carry on. Yet in the face of this unthinkable loss, life must somehow continue. Then one day she hears about a man who has an old disused telephone box in his garden. There, those who have lost loved ones find the strength to speak to them, and begin to come to terms with their grief. As news of the phone box spreads, people will travel there from miles around. Soon Yui will make her own pilgrimage to the phone box, too. But once there she cannot bring herself to speak into the receiver. Then she finds Takeshi. a bereaved husband whose own daughter has stopped talking in the wake of their loss. What happens next will warm your heart, even when it feels as though it is breaking.

My Thoughts:

This was such a lovely heart warming story, it is about Yui, who has lost her mother and daughter in a tsunami, she hears about this phone box where you can hear loved ones speak and decides to make the pilgrimage there. She meets some lovely character son the way including Takeshi who lost his wife and mother to their beautiful daughter. It is such a sad story with all the losses but it is an uplifting one too as this phone box really does bring the people’s lives so much better. There are a lot of Japanese phrases and words in this book, but it if you go to the last few pages of the book there is a few pages with all the words translated into English which was really helpful and a nice touch. A very interesting read.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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