Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is known to strike up quite a fervor among his fans with each new release. His latest novel to reach American shores, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage has been no different, and our reviewer, Megan Fishmann, affirms that this sorrow-steeped novel was worth the wait.

Tsukuru Tazaki had a group of four loyal, close-knit friends in high school . . . until the day they unceremoniously cut off all contact with him.

Now in his mid-30s, Tsukuru works as a train engineer in Tokyo, but his new girlfriend spurs him on a journey to discover just exactly why this rift was opened so many years ago. Tsukuru sets off on a pilgrimage—covering Japan and then reaching into Finland—to visit each friend individually and find the closure he has longed for.

Watch the gorgeous animated trailer from Knopf below:

What do you think, readers? Have you picked up a copy yet?

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