Kawakami is a fascinating writer. She was raised by a single mum, in a country where this is frowned up, in a house without books, and started working at 14 to support her family. Her books are brimming with social commentary and observations on gender relations in a patriarchal society.
All the Lovers in the Night is the story of Fuyuko, a 35-year-old proofreader who lives an ascetic life centred on her work. Gradually, she opens up and explores different ways of being through her friendship with a free-thinking colleague called Hijiri and an older man, a physics teacher, with whom she starts a relationship.