The Buddha's Bone

The Buddha's Bone

by Leilanie Stewart
The Buddha's Bone

The Buddha's Bone

by Leilanie Stewart


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She was in Japan to teach English. She'd soon discover the darker side of travelling alone.

Kimberly Thatcher is a Londoner who sets off to teach English in Japan on a one year contract. After suffering a brutal sexual assault at the hands of a fellow non-Japanese teaching colleague, a friend who betrays her trust, she is forced on a soul-searching journey. What happens when you look into the abyss? Can Kimberly overcome the trauma and forge a new identity in a journey of-

Death. Cremation. Rebirth.


"The Buddha's Bone is a read about all the strongest emotions: grief, anger, love, regret, and hope. Kimberly's imperfections and struggles are raw and relatable."

"Kimberly's story touches on a lot of important topics: misogyny, sexual assault, trauma, female friendship, loss, mental health."

"The titular 'Buddha's Bone' story of Japanese tradition is beautiful and creative; it was like a shining beacon of hope for Kimberly in her darkest moment."

"Readers catch a glimpse into the intimate thoughts of Kimberly through her poetry. They were such a great addition to Kimberly's character and an insight into what she was really feeling."

"In The Buddha's Bone Leilanie Stewart gives us a fascinating, and often uncomfortable, depiction of a westerner's experience of living and working in Japan."

"The Buddha's Bone raises some very painful questions but avoids offering the reader any easy answers."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781668560709
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 10/25/2021
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry.

In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books.
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