Written by Eto Mori
Translated by Jocelyne Allen
A beloved classic in Japan, this earnest tale of a dead soul who gets a second chance is perfect for readers of The Midnight Library.
“Congratulations, you’ve won the lottery!” shouts the angel Prapura to a formless soul. The soul hasn’t been kicked out of the cycle of rebirth just yet — he’s been given a second chance.
He must recall the biggest mistake of his past life while on ‘homestay’ in the body of 14-year-old Makoto Kobayashi, who has just committed suicide. It looks like Makoto doesn’t have a single friend, and his family doesn't seem to care about him at all. But as the soul begins to live Makoto’s life on his own terms, he grows closer to the people around him, and sees their true colours more clearly, shedding light on Makoto’s misunderstandings.
Since its initial release over twenty years ago, Colorful has become a part of the literary canon, not only in Japan — where it has sold over a million copies — but around the world, having been translated into several different languages. Now, Eto Mori's beloved classic is finally available in English.
Read if you: wish you could turn back time, just to say that perfect comeback you thought of TWO DAYS after someone was rude to you.