The Teahouse Fire

The Teahouse Fire

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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The Japanese tea ceremony, steeped in ritual, is at the heart of this story of an American girl, adopted by Kyoto's most important tea master and raised as attendant and surrogate younger sister to his privileged daughter Yukako. Pasts shrouded in secrets and mysterious traditions rocked by modernization make The Teahouse Fire a compelling and provocative story, lush in details and epic in scope.
Publisher: [United States] : HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books : Made available through hoopla, 2006
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781598874877
159887487X
Branch Call Number: Streaming Hoopla Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (17hr., 30 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Caruso, Barbara
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Oct 01, 2013

*** stars This is the story of two women whose lives intersect in late-nineteenth-century Japan. It also a portrait of Japan as it opens its doors to the West. It was a period when wearing a different color kimono could make a political statement, when women stopped blackening their teeth to profess an allegiance to Western ideas, and when Japan?s most mysterious rite?the tea ceremony became not just a sacramental meal, but a ritual battlefield. The narrator, Aurelia, an American orphan adopted by the Shin family, proprietors of a tea ceremony school, after their daughter, Yukako, finds her hiding on their grounds. Aurelia becomes Yukako?s closest companion, and they, the Shin family, and all of Japan face a time of great challenges and uncertainty. Like a tea ceremony, this novel moves with delicacy and slow pace. If you find Japanese history and tradition interesting, I would recommend the book.

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