Amorous Woman

Amorous Woman

by Donna George Storey

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ISBN-13: 9781611729009
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Publication date: 08/13/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
File size: 879 KB

About the Author

Author DONNA GEORGE STOREY has published over a hundred literary and erotic stories and essays in Schooner, Gettysburg Review, Fourth Genre, Wine Spectator, Best American Erotica, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica and Best Women’s Erotica. Her work has been featured in magazines in the UK and translated into Italian and received special mention in Pushcart Prize Stories 2004. Donna is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton and holds a Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Stanford. She has taught English in Japan and Japanese at Stanford and UC Berkeley. Visit her at

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kswolff on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Amorous Woman by Donna George Storey is an erotic novel that follows an American named Lydia through Japan, guided by her loves, lusts, and desires. Storey structures the novel as a bildungsroman, with Lydia getting her first taste of sex at a frat party. After studying Japanese in college, Lydia works in Japan teaching English to businessmen. Eventually the stay in Japan becomes less temporary when she marries a native countryman. With her husband away at the office, she feels neglected and neglect leads to adultery and the complications that occur when the physical and emotional needs of a partner can't be met. Lydia's adulteries lead to other situations and other men. Written in the first person, the reader experiences Lydia's lusts and the emotional consequences of adultery, fantasy, and decisions, good and bad. The Shinto and Buddhist philosophies offer a window into an ethos readers might not be familiar with, but well worth exploring. The novel is loosely based on the 17th century story of the same title, written by Ihara Saikaku. Storey knows Japanese culture, both from academic study and first hand knowledge. One of the rare pleasures of reading the novel was encountering foreign terms and phrases. The foreign terms are translated and explained, the linguistic nuances complementing the nuances of love and lust Lydia encounters in her life journey.
DonCapone on LibraryThing 18 days ago
The cover of the erotic novel Amorous Woman has a seductive-looking Japanese woman tempting you to come hither and read the story that is clearly for "adults only" (as the cover warns). The prologue has the title character, Lydia, looking at her reflection in an airport mirror and swearing off sex in any form as she departs Japan for the United States, her homeland. Lydia isn't Japanese¿she's a blonde American¿but the reflection she sees (or imagines she sees) could very well be the Japanese woman from the book's cover. Lydia is in love with Japan, and her move there was an attempt not just to become Japanese, but to become part of Japan itself. Yet she'll always be a gaijin, a foreigner.Lydia had moved to Japan to teach English, and to immerse herself in the Japanese culture. What follows is her sexual awakening, one that is driven by a fantasy life that barely stays one step ahead of Lydia's sexual reality. In fact, one feeds off the other. And don't forget, this is an erotic novel, and nothing is left to the reader's imagination. Yet, Amorous Woman is so much more than just the sex. Lydia's sexuality awakens, true, but so does her yearnings for romance, her lost father, and for just plain more out of life. This leads to a self-destructive lifestyle, as far as relationships go, that escalates to a point of no return.The book begins with Lydia back in the States, telling her story to two young men who are her students (now she's teaching Japanese to Americans set to work in Japan). We get to hear the story along with them, and learn what happened to drive her out of the adopted country she loves. And what a story! Author Donna George Storey holds a Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Stanford, and like her character Lydia, spent time in Japan teaching English. She knows the territory. Storey's writing is very descriptive, and brings you right into Lydia's fantasy world of Japan. From the traditional marriages, to the fine restaurants (serving exotic, dangerous dishes like fugu), to the "love hotels" where married people go to cheat on their spouses and live out their wildest fetishes, to the hot springs resorts in the mountains north of Tokyo:The bathhouse was deserted, the water smooth and glassy. Hot spring baths in Japan usually follow a guiding fantasy, transporting the bather to a rocky grotto, a tropical garden or terrace with the perfect view of Mount Fuji, even if the mountain itself is an image set in mosaic tile. This inn was more ambitious than most. The soaring cross-beamed ceiling, glowing pedestal lanterns, and swimming pool-sized cedar tub brought to mind the cathedral of a cult that worshipped both purity and indulgence. I was more than eager to make my own offering on its altar.Lydia affairs aren't only with the men of Japan, but with Japan itself. And we get to go along for the ride. But what eventually makes the love affair end, what drives her back into the arms of America? What happened in Japan to have her swear off sex forever? The answer to those questions is why this book is a page turner¿and not just because of the hot, steamy sex scenes.But does the Amorous Woman really change her ways when she gets back to the States, and live a chaste life? Or will the old pull of sex draw her back into a self-destructive lifestyle? Will she ever find love again? Will the two young businessmen she is telling the story to revive her amorous ways by the end of the tale?Maybe this isn't the last we've heard from the Amorous Woman. It's definitely not the last we've heard from Donna George Storey.
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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!