- ISBN 9780733629006 / 0733629008
- Title Blossoms and Shadows
- Author Lian Hearn
- Category Historical Fiction
- Format Paperback
- Year 2011
- Pages 480
- Publisher Hachette Australia
- Imprint Hachette Australia
- Dimensions 130mm x 199mm x 34mm
From the author of the phenomenal and bestselling TALES OF THE OTORI series comes a stand-alone historical novel set in 19th century Japan.
This is the story of the birth of modern Japan, told by Tsuru, a young woman who breaks every stereotype of the Japanese lady. We meet her on the day of her sister's wedding, and soon realise that she will not accept the same domestic role that her sister is about to take on. Instead, Tsuru is ready to embrace the new world, defend her beliefs, look for love, and follow her career as a doctor working alongside her husband on the battlefields. In the mid 1860s Japan was in the grip of a revolution almost as tumultuous as the French Revolution 100 years earlier, yet we in the West know very little about it. This book lets readers feel they are there among the revolutionaries, guided by the engaging character of Tsuru. By the end of the first chapter readers will feel they know her, and want to fight with her as she battles against the conventions of the day and falls into a forbidden love.
'The strength of Hearn's passion for all facets of the Land of the Rising Sun shines through in her descriptions of the social customs and her honourable warrior characters.' [The Sunday Telegraph]'All the tension and emotion of the birth of modern Japan make this a total immersion indulgence.' ['Best Reads Under the Sun', Mindfood]'One of the story's greatest strengths lies in its imagery and attention to detail. Lian Hearn manages to capture this small piece of post-feudal Japan perfectly.' [Australian Bookseller & Publisher Magazine]
Lian Hearn studied modern languages at Oxford University and worked as a film critic and arts editor in London before settling in Australia. A lifelong interest in Japan led to the study of the Japanese language and many trips to Japan. This fascination culminated in Lian writing 'Across the Nightingale Floor' which was the first in the internationally acclaimed Tales of the Otori series. 'Grass for His Pillow', 'Brilliance of the Moon', 'The Harsh Cry of the Heron' and 'Heaven's Net is Wide' follow. This remarkable series has sold into 36 territories and has sales approaching four million copies. For more information you can visit the author's website