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The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery
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Jan 05, 09

bookshelves: 2008-audio-books, 2008-general-fiction
Read in March, 2008

The Teahouse Fire, by Ellis Avery, narrated by Barbara Caruso, produced by Highbridge Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This book is about an American girl who, when orphaned, goes to Japan to live with her uncle who is a monk at a mission. Her uncle attempts to molest this nine-year-old girl and she runs out of the house, which then burns down killing her uncle. She hides until she finds the family of the grandmaster of the Japanese tea ceremony. She is taken into the family and raised as a surrogate younger sister to the privileged daughter of the house and she lives as her servant for 25 years. Then events culminate in her having to leave Japan. This book is about the unrequited love of the narrator, whose love of the daughter of the house is not reciprocated. It takes place over a period of about 35 years, from the mid 1880’s to 1929, when vast changes are coming to Japan, including teaching the tea ceremony to girls, formerly the province of males. This is a very good book and Caruso does a very good job of voicing the different characters.

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