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Amorous Woman

Amorous Woman

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by Donna George Storey

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The day I left Japan, I stared at my reflection in the mirror in the airport ladies' room and made the following vows: I would never tell another lie, especially to myself. I would never let desire overwhelm common sense. I would never sleep with a man who was married to someone else, mime fellatio with a complete stranger on a stage, or take money for sex


The day I left Japan, I stared at my reflection in the mirror in the airport ladies' room and made the following vows: I would never tell another lie, especially to myself. I would never let desire overwhelm common sense. I would never sleep with a man who was married to someone else, mime fellatio with a complete stranger on a stage, or take money for sex again. In fact, to cover all bases, I would never have sex again with anyone, man or woman, for the rest of my life.

For a sum much smaller than a plane ticket an American woman can travel to a rustic hot-spring inn where anything goes after midnight, don the gorgeous kimono of a Japanese bride, romp in the dungeon rooms of tacky love hotels, act out an orgy straight from manga porn, and slip inside Kyoto’s most exclusive restaurants for exquisite dinners of seduction. The Amorous Woman experiences almost every flavor of erotic pleasure Japan has to offer—and she’s happy to take you along for the ride. Inspired by Ihara Saikaku’s 17th-century satiric novel of the pleasure quarters, this story of an American woman’s love affair with Japan—and many sexy men and women along the way—gives readers a chance to journey to a Japan few tourists ever see.

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Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
Neon Series
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Donna George Storey's erotic fiction has appeared in anthologies including Best American Erotica, Best Women's Erotica, and The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica. She is also the translator of Child of Darkness: Yoko and Other Stories. She lives in California.

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Amorous Woman 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
qstewart More than 1 year ago
Amorous Woman is the story of a young American immersing herself into the culture and society of Japan.  She is fascinated by all things Japanese and wants to experience all that she can in the time that is allowed to her.  She is drawn to the sexual secrets that lie below the surface in Japanese society.  She seems to become fascinated with the Japanese slow but deliberate courtship rules and the keeping of secret lovers.  Her acceptance into Japanese life seems complete when she marries a Japanese businessman and settles in to the life of a Japanese wife.  But the drive for success and trying to get ahead by the males of Japan leaves her alone at home too many evenings and weekends for her to remain happy.  Her search for physical satisfaction leads her to search out others that might be able to meet her needs.  Will she ever truly find what she is searching to find?  She returns to America, I believe content, with herself and the time spent in Japan. The look at Japanese culture through this young ladies eyes is very interesting.  She gives us a peek at parts of the Japanese society that we do not normally see or read about.  The story has its lighter moments and the love the heroine has for Japan comes through her telling of her story.  A very good read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The overall magnificence of Amorous Woman is so seamless that it feels almost hard to step back to distinguish and articulate the incredible aspects of it as a creative work. But the simple beauty of the writing, the strikingness of the imagery and opportunity to experience another culture so extraordinarily intimately, and the incredible expression and examination of the characters through their virtually flawless presentation are all abundant characteristics of this novel -- together, they form a work of art truly greater than the sum of its parts. Amorous Woman's erotic emphasis is remarkable in its dual effectiveness of being both erotically scintillating and deeply explorative and illuminative of the story's characters. And these characters are positively entrancing, displayed in a stunningly mesmerizing story with beautiful, exquisite prose. It was a reading experience that left me reeling, and I could not recommend Amorous Woman more highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the compelling, beautifully written story of Lydia, a modern day Alice who travels to Japan, believing herself well prepared, even eager, for her trip down a cultural and sexual rabbit hole --- and who nonetheless comes home altered, reversed. Compulsively readable, from the foreplay and foreshadowing of the first paragraph, through every increasingly complex and compromised twist of the story. And there are so many clever writerly details to enjoy as well, if you can ever tear your attention from the story proper. I admire the author's masterful use of contrasts to help place us in Lydia's shoes, to inhabit her disorientation and exhilaration at the constant shattering and reforming of her expectations. I love the offhand, culturally enlightening details corn flakes on ice cream sundaes, and 'love suicide puppet plays'. And I particularly appreciate the play of 'story' in this story the stories the characters tell each other, the fictions they create and overlay over their own lives, the fantasies that sustain Lydia at crucial moments, and the way the whole novel is itself wrapped in its own frame story. Not, I suspect, a coincidence, given the author's name. In all, a strong, rewarding, and arousing first novel. Not surprising, as it springs from an author who has already established herself as the writer of similarly strong, rewarding, and arousing short fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amorous Woman is a marvelous debut novel from the noted short story author Donna George Storey that appeals on many levels. Spicy scenes pepper the compelling storyline, drawing the reader in to share all types of exotic adventures ¿ some as fantasy and some as real as everywoman¿s life story. Providing a distinctive view of Japanese cultural quirks, a young woman¿s hopes and heartaches, and the search for true love and romance, Amorous Woman leaves you rooting for the smart, passionate Lydia, knowing that she will never let you down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A few years back I was propelled into an interest in eastern culture by its poetry. First T¿ang China (not fine dinnerware for a breakfast drink) then Edo Period Japanese Haiku. As I am not a speaker of any eastern languages, this exploration has been limited to being cast through a lens of translators. I¿ve found that this distillation can have profound impact. Donna George Storey¿s Amorous Woman is about American woman who becomes enamored of Japan and begins a quest to immerse herself in it. Parallel to this quest, the main character, Lydia continues a quest to immerse herself in, well, amour. While exotic and highlighting differences in cultures, it is infinitely accessible to western experience. Lydia is a fascinating, complex, earthy and sexy character. I sensed her being exotic in Japan, and felt a part of her battle to become a part of Japanese society, in a sense overcome her American-ness. Storey¿s writing is passionate but measured, and evokes the brevity and power of Japanese poetry. The erotic scenes are tactile and arousing. The plot is rich and well developed. The sense of new experiences, erotic and otherwise, is immediate. Sentences convey deeper meanings. The Japanese characters in Amorous Woman displayed both differences and similarities to their American counterparts, and step beyond the hackneyed stereotypes that some Americans seem so fond of. And yet, these stereotypes are addressed, to an extent, in Lydia¿s vast imagination. And the voyages through Lydia¿s imagination are wonderful excursions unto themselves! Master translators like Burton Watson convey the energy and expanse of compact Eastern poetry with an authenticity that can engage a western imagination while keeping true to the original works. Donna George Storey¿s Amorous Woman likewise translates the experience of an American woman¿s voyage through Japanese society in the same manner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a complete novice to Japanese culture and customs before I read this book. What's so marvelous about this debut novel from Storey is that it's so lushly descriptive that the narrator's experiences are nearly palpable. The sensual delights are both sexual and seductive. Whether it's the cherry blossoms in Kyoto or a tantalizing meal or a potential lover's hands, Storey's talent for words and genuine appreciation combine to capture the reader and nestle them into the middle of the surroundings. The plot is smooth, the characters are both appealing and intriguing, and the novel as a whole sizzles. Not to be missed!