“Sensitive, refined and graceful, Yoshimoto’s writing is simple and clear.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
Within this book are two short stories, the first is Hard Boiled and tells the story of a unnamed woman, it centres around her hiking and the night spent within a hotel. While she remembers a past relationship with Chizyry and the relationship she had with her step mother growing up.
Just before getting to the hotel she comes across what she believes to be a shrine with numerous amounts of black rocks, the shrine gives her a bad vibe and although she quickly moves past it she soon finds while trying to have something to eat, that one of the stones has made its way into her possession.