Norwegian Wood is a 1987 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The novel is a nostalgic story of loss and burgeoning sexuality. It is told from the first-person perspective of Toru Watanabe, who looks back on his days as a college student living in Tokyo. Through Watanabe’s reminiscences readers see him develop relationships with two very different women-the beautiful yet emotionally troubled Naoko, and the outgoing, lively Midori. Murakami adapted the first section of the novel from an earlier short story, “Firefly”. Norwegian Wood was hugely popular with Japanese youth and made Murakami something of a superstar in his native country (apparently much to his dismay at the time).