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A woman of pleasure : a novel / Kiyoko Murata ; translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter.


"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"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781640095793 (PAP)
  • ISBN: 1640095799 (PAP)
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First Counterpoint edition.
  • Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2024.
Subject: Japan > History > Meiji period, 1868-1912 > Fiction.
Courtesans > Japan > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 4 of 6 copies available at Westchester Library System.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Yonkers Public Library System. (Show)


  • 2 current holds with 6 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library FIC Murata (Text) 31035604079458 New Fiction Available -
Greenburgh Public Library MURATA (Text) 31009155100021 New Fiction Available -
Mount Vernon Public Library FICTION MURATA (Text) 31018155791895 New Fiction Available -
Rye Free Reading Room FICTION MURATA (Text) 31028153540772 New Fiction Available -
The Field Library MURATA, K. (Text) 31022152458441 New Fiction In transit -
White Plains Public Library FICTION (Text) 31544101515450 New Book Checked out 06/05/2024

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