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!