Memoirs of a Geisha is by Arthur Golden. It's 1929 and in a Japanese seaside village a fisherman's wife is dying. He sells his two young daughter's to a local cannery owner, who sells them into slavery in Kyoto. The older to a house of prostitution, and the younger to a renowned geisha house. Golden's premise is that geisha is not the same as prostitute, but at times it's hard to tell the difference. This moving book is the story of Sayuri and her journey from a fisherman's daughter ripped from her childhood home, to one of the most famous geisha in Japan. Golden's book is well researched and those who know nothing about the geisha culture will learn much, even as they follow Sayuri's poignant tale.
Ratings: Adult - 9 out of 10 - AC (mature thematic content).