16.38 Sujata Massey Zen Attitude

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Life in modern Tokyo is a blast for Rei Shimura, a young Japanese-American woman who enjoys busy days as an antiques dealer and steamy nights with a devoted new boyfriend. But things come to a standstill when Rei overpays for a rare old chest of drawers for a wealthy client, the owner of a famous Zen temple in Kamakura. The exquisite tansu turns out to be a fake: the worst deal Rei has ever made. When the temple family turns on Rei -- and the con man who sold the tansu is murdered -- she realizes she's opened a Pandora's box of deception and murder. A young martial artist, an aspiring rock singer, and an elderly antiques mentor all become part of Rei's search for the killer through the shadows of an ancient culture. As her world begins to rapidly and inexplicably unravel, Rei realizes that it will take strength, wit, and a Zen attitude to survive.

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Sujata Massey was a reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun and spent several years in Japan teaching English and studying Japanese. She is the author of The Salaryman's Wife, Zen Attitude, The Flower Master, The Floating Girl, The Bride's Kimono, The Samurai's Daughter, The Pearl Diver, and The Typhoon Lover. She lives in Minneapolis.

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Rei Shimura, the Tokyo-based, Japanese-American freelance antiques buyer whom smart mystery fans will remember from The Salaryman's Wife, finds herself the owner of an overpriced, ersatz Edo-period tansu. Bad karma comes with this to-die-for chest of drawers, and Rei becomes, in rapid succession, murder suspect, then murder target. Stuck with bad goods, financial losses and a relationship frayed around the edges, she skips out on her boyfriend and his luxurious lifestyle, and ends up befriended by ex-judo champ Akemi Mihori, who offers her a place to stay on the grounds of the famous Zen temple Horin-ji. Exhausted, scared and a little malnourished, Rei battles growing paranoia that leads her to confuse friend and murderous foe. As with her first novel, Massey manages to combine a very entertaining mystery with lessons in Japanese culture. Caveat lector: Japanese speakers will find clues embedded in characters' names.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. It s tough to keep cool when the heat is on Japanese-American Rei Shimura finally has a life to be proud of in Tokyo: running her own antiques business and living with her Scottish lawyer boyfreind. But when Rei overpays for a beautiful chest of drawers, she s in for the worst deal of her life. The con man who sold her the Tansu is found dead, and like it or not Rei s opened a pandora s box of mystery, theft, and murder.Only Rei sees the Tansu as the key. It will take a quick wit, fast feet, and above all a Zen Attitude for Rei to discover what a young monk, a judo star, and an ancient scroll have in common, and why her own life hangs in the balance. You can t find a better guide to the mean streets of Japan than Rei Shimura! An excellant new series from a very talented writer. --Marcia Muller A People magazine Page-Turner of the week Sly, Sexy, and Deftly done. -- People Sujata Massey is an exciting new author published by HarperPaperbacks. Massey s first novel, The Salaryman s Wife, has just been nominated for the prestigious Anthony Award. Massey s second novel, Zen Attitude, also featuring Rei Shimura, a 27 year-old Japanese American English teaching living in Tokyo, will be out in June 1998.Q: How did you conceive of the plot for Zen Attitude? A: I had the good fortune while living in Japan to spend time teaching in Kamakura, a wonderful small city that flourished in the twelfth through fourteenth centuries when it was the seat of Japan s shogun rulers. During this time, many Zen temples and monasteries were built. I have visited many of them and had the pleasure of meeting several Zen priests and their families. Iwas drawn to write a story that combined this picturesque setting, family dynamics, and some of the tenets of the Zen Buddhist faith. To learn more about the religion while I was writing the book, I spent some time in Zen training at a Japanese-established Zen monastery in New York.Q: How has Rei changed since The Salaryman s Wife? A: Rei s career as an antiques buyer has blossomed and is the linchpin for the plot, which involves a trail of disastrous events that result from one unlucky antique purchase. Rei is also involved in a committed relationship with a boyfriend who is going through some tensions that are tough for her to deal with. I think Rei has become a stronger, more secure person, but she still has some doubts about her ability to understand Japanese people and culture. When a killer comes too close for comfort, she escapes to the woods where there are hazards a Tokyo girl would not normally encounter.Q: What role does the search for personal identity play in Zen Attitude and how do you think it has changed since your first novel, The Salaryman s Wife? A: In The Salaryman s Wife, Rei was struggling to find her place in Japanese society. Now she s got a promising new career and a cushy apartment, but she can t help wondering when she ll make enough money to really support herself, and whether living with someone who pays the rent makes her a kept woman. Rei also deals with the issue of sibling rivalry when she sees a battle for family assets take place between two young members of a priestly Zen family. A similar conflict appears in her own life when Hugh Glendinning s bother appears for an unexpected extended visit to Tokyo. Rei learnsa lot about what makes a family by the time Zen Attitude draws to a close.Q: What are some of the main themes that are essential to Zen Attitude? A: I titled the book Zen Attitude to reflect my curiosity about whether it s right to simply accept things as they happen. Rei has to decide whether this is a good attitude for her or whether she should fight destiny as the mystery plays out. This book also reflects my interest in the changing role of women in Japan. Rei makes friends with Akemi Mihori, a straight-shooting, feisty judo practitioner who refuses to get married. Akemi is contrasted with her mother, Nana Mihori, who is a very t. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780060899219

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