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Glass Geishas

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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444733559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444733556
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,264,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susanna Quinn's first novel takes us on an adventure into a hidden world of sex, drink and drugs. We follow the lives of white women who try to make easy money by chatting and flirting in Tokyo's hostess bars. Can they get out with the cash before being sucked deeper into Japan's multifarious sex industry, or will they be spat out as broken wrecks?

Susanna Quinn is well placed to tell us about these women - she was one herself. Hostesses live on the edge of society in a world ruled by money and gangsters. Our protagonist soon finds out that you look after yourself first and trust no one. It's an easy fast-paced read, full of well-developed characters ranging from a clueless British journalist to a kind but unsympathetic Geisha.

This may be a work of fiction - but I have no doubt that Susanna met all of these people during the time she spent in Tokyo. The story is as informative as it is entertaining, making this book a must read for anyone interested in alternative lifestyles and the people who live them.
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By Mrs. C. Swarfield TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jun. 2012
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ROPPONGI - the Soho of TOKYO. A fantaastic tale of sex, drugs too much alcohol set in
and around the seedy nightclubs of Roppongi. This book is without doubt based on well
researched knowledge and should serve as a warning to anyone thinking of sampling this
for themselves.

Steph goes to Tokyo wearing rose tinted spectacles - free drinks, loads of money to be
made and best of all she is going to be with Julia and Annabel, friends from her schooldays.

What a shock shes in for - nothing is as it seems and she is soon drawn into a seedy and
dangerous world. Susanna Quinn has obviously played a blinder with this her first novel
and l am sure it will be a bestseller l cannot wait to read her next one. Read it and
enjoy - l am sure thay like me you will not be able to put it down. Well done first rate.
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Steph has arrived in Japan with little in the way of ready cash in her pockets but she has a lot of hope in her heart. She thinks she will be able to make a lot of money by being a hostess in one of Japan's many bars. After all her two friends Julia and Annabel are doing just that, getting men to buy drinks and earning big commission from those sales. But Japan is not all that it seems. The glamorous side of the job that Steph has envisaged is nothing more than a sordid facade in which girls can earn whispered "extras" on top of their drink hostess duties.

Steph's bubble of hope is soon burst and to make things worse, Annabel has disappeared and Julia doesn't want to help her get her foot in the hostess door. All in all, Steph's dream of making money hand over fist has taken a nose dive before it can even get off the ground. She's stuck in a grubby flat with a thief for a room-mate and only an unfinished diary to give her any idea as to what might have happened to Annabel.

Steph lurches from one crisis to the next, owing money to her first employer Mama San Tanaka, getting screwed over by a customer and having a perpetual hangover from one day to the next.

The only friend Steph can rely on is an elderly lady who takes pity on her when she falls over outside a fabric shop. Calling her savior Mrs Kimono, Steph strikes up a fragile friendship with the older woman who once was a Geisha and who knows better than anyone the futility of a hostesses life in Japan.

Using Annabel's diary as a literary compass, Steph tries to make money whilst tracking down her missing friend and along the way she will make some shocking discoveries that will force her to reevaluate her own life and values.
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By Petra TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 July 2012
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Glass Geishas by Susanna Quinn is a book which I would recommend to readers who enjoy fiction based on real life. What I enjoyed mainly about the book as you are told the story by three different narrations which meant for me I seen the inside of Japan from totally separate viewpoints.
Mainly you are told Stephanie's story as she arrives in Japan to make as much money as she possibly can so therefore she can follow her dream of being an actress. As she arrives in Japan expecting her best friend from home Annabel to meet her on her arrival, but she is no-where to be seen as we follow Stephanie go from one fiasco to the next searching for her crock of gold. Stephanie tries to not forget about her friend but the lure of so called `easy' money takes over her life and as she seeks her rich danna. The life of a hostess as she seeks her fortune is for her another acting job but real life takes over and her life spirals out of control. But the pull of money is strong and the drink and drugs are addictive, even when she sees the other girls life's fall apart through drink and drugs this does not stop herself from falling into despair. We are also told the story of the Madam of the club known as the very famous Mama San, as she tells her story to a journalist you will learn of her own baptism of fire into the life of a hostess in world of the very seedy Japanese hostess clubs. It is clear she has had a hard life herself which has hardened her even further as she sees men as a way to make money and she rules the girls who work for her with a rod of iron.
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