If you've enjoyed any of Haruki Murakami's other novels you'll instantly recognize the protagonist Toru, a Caulfield-esque student moving aimlessly through school and youth while trying to reconcile the few important relationships in his life.
Norwegian Wood is a coming of age novel that explores first love and intimacy against a Tokyo backdrop in the late 60's. This is a great rainy day read as it has themes of beauty, sorrow and introspection. Although not his best work, Murakami fans will not be disappointed. Many will enjoy this book for the lush scenery and vivid atmosphere. For those wanting a less meandering tale, check out critically acclaimed novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.