The story of an American woman’s love affair with Japan, AMOROUS WOMAN was inspired by Ihara Saikaku’s 17th-century classic tale of the pleasure quarters, THE LIFE OF AN AMOROUS WOMAN. Saikaku’
The novel’s adventuresome, wise-cracking heroine gives the reader a glimpse inside a Japan few tourists ever see as she takes on various roles as English teacher, wife, bar hostess and mistress. Like its Japanese model, AMOROUS WOMAN is frankly erotic, but also incorporates humor and social critique that challenge Western stereotypes of the exotic East.
“Japanese men especially are still often portrayed as caricatures in the West,” Storey observes. “I try to present complex, sympathetic, and sexy Japanese male characters.”
“People are often surprised that a mother of two with a doctoral degree wrote a ‘dirty book,’” the author says. “Erotica has become more mainstream, but it’s still seen as a poor cousin of real literature. I believe smart can be sexy, and sex can engage your mind as well as your libido.”
Margaret Lane of the MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW described AMOROUS WOMAN as “a blend of humor, social critique, and literary skill that is impressive from beginning to end,” and erotica critic Lisabet Sarai called it “a believable and moving tale of one woman's journey of sexual self-discovery.”
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AMOROUS WOMAN by Donna George Storey
Neon/Orion Publishing, August 2007 in the UK/May 2008 in the US and Japan
$8, paper, 352 pages, ISBN: 1905619170 , http://www.donnageorgestorey.com