Ishiguro Klara and the Sun cover

Klara and the Sun (2021) is the most recent novel by Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in a future that is quite similar to our present world, the story is told from the perspective of Klara, an Artificial Friend designed to provide companionship for a young person. Klara is a keen observer and speaks in a clear, simple voice, yet her narrative raises questions in the reader about her nature: is she simply a “product” or “tool”, or is she something more? And her interactions with her human owners raise questions about the human capacity for love.