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A Woman of Pleasure

A Woman of Pleasure

  • Author: Kiyoko Murata , Juliet Winters Carpenter
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 9781804440889
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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 protégée 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, A woman of Pleasure is a testament to the bond between women and the power of owning one's language and freedom.

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