Murakami novel becomes best seller

NEW YORK — Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami's book "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" topped the New York Times best-selling hardcover fiction list for the week after being translated into English and put on sale Aug 12.

The book, originally published in Japanese in April last year, depicts a 36-year-old man who visits his old friends in his quest to find out why he was banished from them.

The manager of a Manhattan bookstore run by Japan's Kinokuniya said Murakami has a stable fan base in the United States and the latest novel's first-week sales at the store topped 100 copies.

The second best-selling book on the list was "Love Letters" by Debbie Macomber, followed by James Rollins' "The 6th Extinction."

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