Gina in the Floating World Review
Title: Gina in the Floating World
Author: Belle Brett
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Publisher: She Writes Press
A bank internship in Japan’s booming 1981 economy is supposed to be twenty-three-year-old Dorothy Falwell’s ticket into a prestigious international MBA program. But the internship is unpaid—so, to make ends meet, she accepts an evening job as a hostess in a rundown suburban bar, a far cry from the sensuous woodblock prints she’s seen of old Tokyo’s “floating world.”
Like her namesake, Dorothy hasn't planned on the detours she encounters in her own twisted version of Oz. Renamed Gina by her boss, she struggles with nightly indignities from customers and confusing advice from new friends. Then her internship crumbles and the suave but mysterious Mr. Tambuki offers help. How can she resist?
With patience and the utmost respect for her opinions, Mr. Tambuki lures her into his exotic world of unorthodox Zen instruction, erotic art, and high-octane sex. Soon, bizarre sexual escapades with monks, salarymen, and gangsters begin to feel normal until one of her clients goes too far, and Dorothy realizes she’s in over her head. But can she find her way back from this point of no return?
This was a very different book than I thought it would be. And I loved it! It was such a interesting and fun take on Alice in Wonderland/Wizard of Oz. The fact that it takes place in Tokyo makes it even more intriguing. I love any book that takes place in another time and another country and this one had both!
This is going to be a short and sweet review because you should be reading the book instead of my review. So, here’s the pitch: the writing is phenomenal and gritty and captivating. You will not be able to put this book down and will fall into this new world right along with Dorothy. Read. Enjoy. Have fun!