George Orwell's 1984 gets a powerful nod in Haruki Murakami's 1Q84, our Well Read column pick for November. The story unfolds in 1984 Tokyo, where the lives of two young Japanese converge in a strange parallel world.

Columnist Robert Weibezahl writes, "1Q84 unfolds as a science-fiction thriller, and despite the pointed Orwellian reference, it is closer in spirit to the work of Philip K. Dick. Fantastic elements seamlessly integrate with the mundane to create a world much like, if not quite like, our own. . . Pulp fiction, indeed, but on a grand scale—as ambitious, quirky and imaginative as only Murakami can be."

The book trailer gives you a peek into Murakami's world:

1Q84 was a runaway bestseller in Japan. It comes out in the United States today! Is it on your list?

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