Water Lily by Susanna Jones

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Runa is a young Japanese high school teacher leaving the country to avoid the scandal she has created by sleeping with one of her students. She steals her sister’s passport and boards the ferry to Shanghai. Then, careful to impersonate her sister, she is quiet, docile and discreet… Meanwhile, on the last stretch of a fraught and tiring mission to find a wife, an Englishman also boards the ferry. Rebuffed in Tokyo, Ralph hopes that on the Chinese mainland he will meet a gentle, beautiful girl to return home with. When these two meet, suppressing at first their secrets and obsessions on this long and claustrophobic journey, we enter a desolate, emotional landscape as Runa’s journey begins to turn into a surreal and terrifying nightmare . . .

About Susanna Jones

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She was born in 1967 & grew up in Yorkshire. Her interest in Japan began when she was at London University where, as part of her drama degree, she studied Japanese Noh theatre. This interest took her to Japan where she lived & worked for years. She received a M. A. in writing at Manchester University. She currently lives in Brighton, where she continues to study Japanese.
Published September 26, 2009 by Mysterious Press. 224 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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It isn’t until he’s rejected by all the ladies on Mr. K’s lists that he decides he might prefer a Chinese blossom, and sets off to meet Li Hua, whose picture makes her look a little like a man but whose ardent letter persuades him to brave seasickness on a ferry to Shanghai.

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The fun-house thrill of their inevitable clash is mitigated by neither Runa nor Ralph being appealing characters, but Jones's stately, muted prose moves the action and the reader relentlessly on to the harrowing end.

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