I picked this up at the library on a whim; I'd been intrigued flipping through it at the bookstore.
It's the first book of Murakami's I've read; I have a copy of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and I'm looking forward to reading that. But I came to this book with no knowledge of Murakami's themes or style.
I really enjoyed this book.
This was one of my lighter reading picks, something I could pick up for a few minutes before bed.
I really enjoyed Miss Pettygrew's episodes of feeling confident and capable. I also loved the period illustrations.
This was a very successful light reading pick - it was fun, suspenseful, and full of happy surprises.