Colorless Tskuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami
My introduction to Murakami, and what a wonderful one. Mysterious Tskuru Tazaki attempts to piece together a painful past shaped by the emptiness he feels in the present. Journeying through space, time and introspection, Murakami meanders in and out of meditations, asking questions about love, loss, friendship and identity. The way train stations are used as metaphors for emotions Tskuru can't quite grasp is beautiful. It's a sad book, almost heartbreaking at times, but also hopeful. Not all is resolved for Tskuru, especially within himself, but he makes peace with his past through special moments with old friends.