Colorless Tsukuru is a beautiful story of re-discovery and healing old wounds. Tsukuru's life fell apart after his four best friends suddenly turned on him with no explanation. He managed to pick up the pieces, but years later falls in love with a girl who challenges him to find out exactly what happened all those years ago. Tsukuru goes on a pilgrimage to track down his friends and discover what happened to bring them to the fateful night when they shut him out forever. Murakami is a master of words and metaphors and this is perfectly on display in Colorless Tsukuru. Even though Tsukuru might be colorless, Murakami's writing is anything but. If you've never read Murakami before, this would be a great place to start. Similarly, if you've known and loved Murakami over the years, you won't be disappointed.
Thirty-six-year-old Tsukuru Tazaki meets a woman named Sara who raises questions about a painful incident from his youth in which his closest friends all cut off relations with him without explanation, and inspires him to find out why.