Thought provoking meditations about women who have gone missing from the lives of various male characters. Each character attempts to make sense of the ensuing confusion and isolation that follows the emotional cessation. Written in Murakami’s trademark magical realism style, these collected short stories explore the often trivialized and downplayed injury of men who suffer infidelity, estrangement, and the death of a spouse. A quick read for fans of Murakami’s observational style.