This latest novel, titled 100 Million Yen Sayonara (一億円のさようなら) by the Naoki Prize-winning author was published in Japan by Tokuma Shoten in July in tanko-bon (hardback).
The 541-page novel took Shiraishi several years to write and is one that he ranks alongside his best works, such as The Ray of Light (一瞬の光 ), his debut novel – a tragic love story that instantly put him on Japan’s literary map when it was published in 2000.
100 Million Yen Sayonara is expected to sell well, and bookshops across Japan are promoting it aggressively.
It tells the tale of Teppei Kanoh, a 52 year-old man working for a mid-size Japanese chemicals company, who inadvertently discovers that his wife had inherited 3.4 billion yen (34 million dollars) a decade before they got married, and has wilfully managed to keep this secret from him, despite their marriage of two decades.
He also learns to his disbelief that his wife has managed to increase her inheritance by almost 50 per cent through canny investment, and is now worth a staggering 48 billion yen. And she has achieved this while he has been beavering away as a salaryman at his chemicals company.
His wife subsequently decides to give him 100 million yen and suggests that they separate. The novel follows the unexpected twists and turns in Teppei’s professional and personal life following his life-changing discovery.
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