Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 hit American bookshelves yesterday, and was feted with midnight release parties. The 944-page book, which required the work of two translators, "unfolds as a science-fiction thriller," says our Well Read columnist Robert Weibezahl.

My first (and so far, only) exposure to Murakami was through 2005's Kafka on the Shore, which my book club read a few years ago. I was not thrilled by the choice, but was pleasantly surprised to find that the surrealist elements were intriguing, not precious. Despite being unsure at times of what, exactly, was going on in the book, I couldn't put it down and it sparked a great conversation.

Will you read 1Q84?

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