book cover of Blossoms and Shadows
Added by 1 of our members

Blossoms and Shadows

(2011)
A novel by

 
 
Japan, 1857. For centuries Japan has been on its own; isolated by choice from the rest of the world. But the Western powers are now at its shores demanding to be let in, the government is crumbling and revolution is building. The age of the samurai is ending and in its place a new Japan will be born. A young woman is readying herself for marriage in this, the most tumultuous period of her nation's history. The daughter of a doctor, Tsuru has been working alongside him and learning the ways of medicine all her life. When her father allows her to marry the man she loves - a fellow doctor - she believes her life will be all she's dreamed it could be. Happily married, working amongst men as an equal. But Japanese society does not work this way. The men of the times - boys she's known since childhood - are determined to expel the foreigners, using violence and whatever else they need to make their message heard. The women are expected to be hidden at home, or behind the paper walls of the tea houses. Tsuru is far too able to accept this and she is drawn into a shadowy world of subversion, political intrigue and a dangerous love. In time, she is working on the battlefields, alongside men, to care for the wounded. BLOSSOMS AND SHADOWS is a compelling tale of love and war, women and men, and the rise of modern Japan. It shines a brilliant light on a time in history that few have known about until now, though the change it brought continues to ripple around the world.

Genre: Historical

Similar books by other authors

thumb
The Handmaid's Tale
(Handmaid's Tale, book 1)
Margaret Atwood

Used availability for Lian Hearn's Blossoms and Shadows

Paperback Editions

March 2012 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Blossoms and Shadows
Author(s): Lian Hearn
ISBN: 0-85738-298-5 / 978-0-85738-298-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


April 2011 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Blossoms and Shadows
Author(s): Lian Hearn
ISBN: 0-85738-297-7 / 978-0-85738-297-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

November 2011 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Blossoms and Shadows
Author(s): Lian Hearn
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2011 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Blossoms and Shadows
Author(s): Lian Hearn
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon   


June 2011 : Australia Audio edition
thumb

Title: Blossoms and Shadows
Author(s): Lian Hearn
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon AU   


May 2011 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: Blossoms and Shadows
Author(s): Lian Hearn
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2011 : Australia Audio CD
thumb

Title: Blossoms and Shadows
Author(s): Lian Hearn
ISBN: 1-74267-828-9 / 978-1-74267-828-3 (Australia edition)
Publisher: ABC Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

April 2011 : UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Blossoms and Shadows
Author(s): Lian Hearn
Publisher: Quercus
Availability: Amazon UK