I read another Haruki Murakami book last week. Norwegian Wood is the first book of his that I've read that has a linear, explicable plot. It takes place in Japan, in 1969 and 1970. A college student falls in love with the ex-girlfriend of his dead best friend, and feels understandably conflicted about it. She has some issues of her own. He also befriends an outspoken, funny girl and a confident, woman-chasing man. The cultural revolution is going on in the background.
It's great. And I have to admit to being so relieved that there was a tidy narrative structure, with answers and everything--particularly because I just finished Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Infinite Jest took me about six months, on and off, and it was definitely not tidy or explicable.