Hana is just seventeen when her husband goes to war, leaving her very vulnerable. When enemy soldiers attack her house she flees for her life and takes refuge in the Yoshiwara, Tokyo's famous pleasure quarter. There she is forced to train as a courtesan. Yozo, a traveller and brilliant swordsman returns to Japan after four years in the Victorian West. Joining his rebel comrades, he is captured only to escape and flee to the Yoshiwara, which is outside of the law. There the battered fugitive meets the beautiful courtesan. But each has a terrible secret that will threaten their lives...
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Lesley Downer's mother was Chinese and her father a professor of Chinese, so she grew up in a house full of books on Asia. But it was Japan, not China, that proved the more alluring, and she lived there for some fifteen years. She has written many books about the country and its culture, including Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World, and Madame Sadayakko: The Geisha who Seduced the West, and has presented television programmes on Japan for Channel 4, the BBC and NHK. She lives in London with her husband, the author Arthur I. Miller, and still makes sure she goes to Japan every year.Review:
"Vividly narrated...I believed in this engrossing story and felt my insides quake as Hana approached her inevitable fate" -- Jonathan Mirsky * THE SPECTATOR *
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Book Description Bantam Books 2010-01-01, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Bookseller Inventory # 9780593057940B