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A woman of pleasure : a novel

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First Counterpoint edition.

"In 1903, a fifteen-year-old girl named Ichi Aoi is sold to the most exclusive brothel in Kumamoto, Japan. Despite her modest beginnings in a southern fishing village, she becomes the protaegaee of an oiran, the highest-ranking courtesan at the brothel. Through the teachings of her oiran, Shinonome, Ichi begins to understand the intertwined power of sex and money. And in her mandatory school lessons, her writing instructor, Tetsuko, encourages Ichi and the others to think clearly and express themselves. Based on real-life events in Meiji-era Japan, award-winning and critically acclaimed veteran writer Kiyoko Murata re-creates in stunning detail the brutal yet vibrant lives of women in the red-light district at the turn of the twentieth century-the bond they share, the survival skills they pass down, and the power of owning one's language. By banding together, the women organize a strike and walk away from the brothel and into the possibility of new lives"--

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  • 4 of 6 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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Greenburgh Public Library MURATA (Text)
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Mount Vernon Public Library FICTION MURATA (Text)
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Rye Free Reading Room FICTION MURATA (Text)
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The Field Library MURATA, K. (Text)
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White Plains Public Library FICTION (Text)
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Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library FIC Murata (Text)
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