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The Empty Cafe

A man reading a newspaper is suddenly transformed into a young god's elder brother. A foreigner in Japan, falsely accused of assaulting a young girl, finds his innocence slowly slipping away from him. Why did the woman in the restaurant scream? You would have, too. In Bangkok a small boy goes missing; surely he didn't vanish into a manhole? The empty cafe fills, reason unravels.

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"The Empty Cafe... is not fiction but literature. Possibly I would want to add the word "fine": "fine literature," yes I believe that's better. Michael Hoffman is not merely an author but a writer." - Kristen Voskuil Book Review http://www.kristenvoskuil.com:8000 (March '02)

"Whatever your emotional response may be, I think I can guarantee that you won't be bored." - Tregolwyn Book Reviews http://tregolwyn.tripod.com/

"With all of its energy and moral vision, The Empty Cafe only needs to be more at ease." www. goodreports.net

A man reading a newspaper is suddenly transformed into a young god's elder brother. A foreigner in Japan, falsely accused of assaulting a young girl, finds his innocence slowly slipping away from him. Why did the woman in the restaurant scream? You would have, too. In Bangkok a small boy goes missing; surely he didn't vanish into a manhole? The empty cafe fills, reason unravels. In the novella Solitude, the last of eight tales comprising this volume, Solomon Rose returns home after 22 years to confront a dilemma soluble only by murder.

MICHAEL HOFFMAN was born in Montreal, Canada, and has lived in Japan since 1982. His short fiction has appeared in various North American and Japanese magazines. He is the author of One-Armed Yatsu & Other Stories, also available through 1stbooks. As a freelance journalist he is a regular contributor of essays, book reviews and translations to Japan's English-language media. He is co-author of the bestselling Tokyo Confidential (The East Publications, Tokyo), a collection of tall but true tales from the Land of the Cherry Blossom Blushing in the Rising Sun. He is currently at work on a long, ominous novel set in a Japanese backwater.

Submitted by Michael Hoffman, posted on Tuesday July 02, @02:07PM

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