I was at a loss for words when I unearthed The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery today in Booksale (yet again--This shop is decimating my budget daily ; ;)
I only went there because I had nothing to do at home after I finished watching Antique Bakery [Trailer] [Info] and to think I swore to myself I wasn't going to buy anything!
It was just sitting there, in a lonesome pile... waiting for me I guess. This book has been in my Wishlist since December 2007! I kind of can't believe I have this now. It feels surreal I'm getting the books I almost thought I can never acquire.
The Teahouse Fire
"Set in late nineteenth century Japan, The Teahouse Fire is the story of Aurelia, a young French-American girl who, after the death of her mother and her missionary uncle, finds herself lost and alone and in need of a new family. Knowing only a few words of Japanese she hides in a Japanese tea house and is adopted by the family who own it: gradually falling in love with both the Japanese tea ceremony and with her young mistress, Yukako.
As Aurelia grows up she devotes herself to the family and its failing fortunes in the face of civil war and western intervention, and to Yukako's love affairs and subsequent marriage. But her feelings for mistress seem doomed never to be reciprocated and, as tensions mount in the household, Aurelia begins to realise that to the world around her she will never be anything but an outsider."
...The only problem is I have bought more books than I can read and I have to make time for all of them. I can't wait to read this, I even cheated and read the first 10 pages when I sat down in the mall cafeteria, drinking apple shake. I can tell it will be an awesome read.
Oh yeah, today I also got glasses. My vision is still 20/20 but I work 10 hours straight on a computer, so I guess I needed a little protection for my eyes. I hope this multi-coated lens will live up to its promise.