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Among the most felicitous things that happen to me in my never-ending quest for reading material is picking up at random a book by an author I'd never read before and discovering something new to love.

Such a thing happened when I picked up my first Sujata Massey book, "The Flower Master." Others my age or younger learn to love Japan and its people and culture through manga and anime; I got my course in Japan Appreciation 101 from Sujata Massey and her wonderful, quirky, gutsy Japanese-American heroine, Rei Shimura.

The weird thing is, Sujata herself is not Japanese; she traces her ancestry, I believe, to India. However, she did spend several years in Japan, and it is obvious in her Rei Shimura books how much she's grown to appreciate the country and its culture. I love Rei Shimura. Maybe it's because we are both fledglings who flew the nest to test how far our wings could carry us; I only wish I had a life (and love life!) as interesting as hers. Well, we can't have everything. LOL.

Anyway, this week's teaser is from The Bride's Kimono by Sujata Massey.

"Why has a young unmarried lady not worn her obi tied in a fancy bow? Miss Shimura has chosen the sober obi style of a wife. It is not possible to be married and single at once-- at least not in Japan."

-p.155, "The Bride's Kimono" by Sujata Massey

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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14 Responses
  1. Alice Audrey Says:

    Interesting teaser. I'd love to read more.

    Mine is here.

  2. pussreboots Says:

    Interesting teaser. I'll keep an eye out for the book. My teaser is from Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo.

  3. Jennifer Says:

    Fabulous teaser, I want to know more. My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/03/teaser-tuesdays-waking-up-in-land-of.html

  4. Jan von Harz Says:

    Great teaser, I am wondering about the marital status now?

  5. Aleksandra Says:

    Interesting teaser! Here's mine: http://my-book-obsession.blogspot.com/2010/03/teaser-tuesdays-9.html

  6. Marg Says:

    I first heard of this author a number of years ago, and meant to read her then!

    Thanks for the reminder.

    My teaser is here

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Sounds like an interesting read, thanks for sharing.

    here is mine - a Scandanavian author http://livemorenow.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/teaser-tuesday-the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo/

  8. I've not heard of this author before. Great teaser!


  9. I love reads that take place in Japan! Great teaser!

    My teaser: We the Children

  10. Kaye Says:

    ooh, love it! Makes me want to read this book. Here's my teaser . Have a great week and happy reading.

  11. Alayne Says:

    Great teaser! Looks like a good book. Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

  12. Lori Says:

    Interesting teaser. Enjoy your book! Here's Mine

  13. Not familiar with the author, but interesting teaser!

    Here are our teasers for this week!


  14. Lisa Says:

    How very interesting! There is a lot of symbolism in their garments - I bet this is an interesting book.

    My teaser is here.

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