Ms Ice Sandwich

Ms Ice Sandwich

A quixotic and funny tale about first love – from the Akutagawa Prize-winning author.

Ms Ice Sandwich seems to lack social graces, but our young narrator is totally smitten with her. He is in awe of her aloofness, her skill at slipping sandwiches into bags, and, most electric of all, her ice-blue eyelids. Every day he is drawn to the supermarket just to watch her in action. But life has a way of interfering – there is his mother, forever distracted, who can tell the fortunes of women; his grandmother, silently dying, who listens to his heart; and his classmate, Tutti, no stranger to pain, who shares her private thrilling world with him.

Tender, warm, yet unsentimental, Ms Ice Sandwich is a story about new starts, parents who have departed, and the importance of saying goodbye.

Title:Ms Ice Sandwich
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781782273301
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    Ms Ice Sandwich Reviews

  • Amalia Gkavea

    "If video games make you stupid, then what do mobile phones make you?" A young boy buys egg sandwiches every day. The reason? The mysterious young woman behind the counter. Her black hair and beaut...

  • s.penkevich

    The cusp of adolescence is a tumultuous time when everything you thought you understood about life, yourself and others is suddenly rent asunder. There is a paradigm shift in all your relationships an...

  • .?**?? Mrs. Buttercup ?**???

    I picked up this novella because I am trying to read more Japanese literature. I found out I apparently like it very much, since I seem to enjoy every book I choose. This one is a short, interesting s...

  • Jim Fonseca

    This is a good story, a novella, that I’m tempted to call ‘cute.’ It’s a story of a young Japanese boy, grade school age, who essentially has a crush on a young woman who works in a deli selli...

  • Meike

    I found this little novella strangely moving: Kawakami tells the story of a fourth grader who learns about loss. The little boy has a crush on the woman who sells sandwiches at his local store, and wh...

  • Puck

    2018 is the year I've fallen in love with novella's: I’ve read many great ones this year and Ms Ice Sandwich is maybe the best one so far. Only look at its funky cover: that already promises somethi...

  • The Artisan Geek

    7/3/20What a great read! It's about a young boy, who becomes obsessed with a lady selling sandwiches in a supermarket, who he affectionately calls Ms Ice Sandwich. Kawakami so deftly shows the innocen...

  • Katie Lumsden

    I really loved this - so impactful for such a short book! It really lovingly and warmly looks at grief, growing up and friendship. I would highly recommend!...

  • Fiona MacDonald

    I am keen to read more foreign literature this year, and Japanese literature in particular is always a plus with me.Mieko Kawakami is a new author to me, but I loved the sound of this adorable novella...

  • Supreeth

    I googled 'Japanese novellas' and it came up with these new Pushkin press Japanese novellas. I picked this one first 'cause this one was shortest of all. I'm not the sort of person to use words like c...