Author(s): Lian Hearn
Blossoms and Shadows is a compelling and beautiful tale of love and war, women and men, and the rise of modern Japan. 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, its government is crumbling and revolution is building. The age of the samurai is ending and in its place a new Japan will be born.Into this turmoil steps a young woman. Tsuru expects to marry a man of her parents' choice but her life is taken over by the beliefs of a new age and by the passionate men around her. Their slogan is sonnooi (revere the Emperor, expel the foreigners), their preferred method is violence.
Lian Hearn studied modern languages at Oxford University and worked as a film critic and arts editor in London before settling in Australia. A lifelong interest in Japan led to the study of the Japanese language and many trips to Japan. This fascination culminated in Lian writing 'Across the Nightingale Floor' which was the first in the internationally acclaimed Tales of the Otori series. 'Grass for His Pillow', 'Brilliance of the Moon', 'The Harsh Cry of the Heron' and 'Heaven's Net is Wide' follow. This remarkable series has sold into 36 territories and has sales approaching four million copies. For more information you can visit the author's website www.lianhearn.com. Previous Books: Across the Nightingale Floor (9780733623370), Grass for His Pillow (9780733623387), Brilliance of the Moon (9780733623394), The Harsh Cry of the Heron (9780733623400), Heaven s Net is Wide (9780733622847).