In his highly acclaimed debut, A Pale View of Hills, Kazuo Ishiguro
tells the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in
England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. Retreating
into the past, she finds herself reliving one particular hot summer
in Nagasaki, when she and her friends struggled to rebuild their
lives after the war. But then as she recalls her strange friendship
with Sachiko - a wealthy woman reduced to vagrancy - the memories
take on a disturbing cast.