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Face of a Stranger

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  42 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Set in an unnamed California town in the early twentieth century, Face of a Stranger tells the story of Kikue and Shino, two women who came to America from Japan as picture brides in arranged marriages, only to discover upon their arrival that they had been duped into lives of prostitution. One day in China Alley (the quarter where the prostitutes work and live), both wome ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 28th 1996 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published June 1995)
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Jamie is
found this in my workplace's library; looks really familiar, i think one of my friends a couple of years ago read it and donated it to the library. if it's the girl i am thinking of, wish she would have donated all the cds i lent her which she never returned! at any rate, the book looks like it is written in simple prose, tries to start off with a bit of a bang (the protagonist's search for a prostitute), and seems like it could be a good introduction to the plight of japanese migrant workers in ...more
Selkie
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not generally one to read fiction, I found this a good read. It is the tale set in the Victorian era of women that were brought to America from the Far East under the false pretense of marrying Japanese-Americans, only to find that they were actually sent to America to serve in brothels.
Later, one of the women comes face-to-face with the man that she believed she was brought over to marry. The man's picture had been shown to the prospective brides to induce them to come to America without his k
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Histteach24
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought it would be the story of Japanese picture brides assimilating to America. But there was a twist-these ladies end up being sold into prostitution. Still a good book with many thought provoking morals and character flaws explored throughout. Also a great look at how poorly Asians were treated in America. A quick read.
Ortegast
Sep 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Quick read and worthwhile. Interesting comic interpretation of life and resistance of Japanese picture brides. Didn't think it was great, however.
Jlrowcliffe
May 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
A fascinating premise for the book, but the writing was horrible - so bad, in fact, that I looked to see if it was just a poor translation. Can't recommend it.
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