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Title: The Buddha’s Bone
Author: Leilanie Stewart
Kimberly Thatcher wasn’t an English teacher. She wasn’t a poet. She wasn’t an adventurer. Now she wasn’t even a fiancée. But when one of her fellow non-Japanese colleagues tried to make her a victim, she said no.
In Japan on a one-year teaching contract at a private English language school, and with her troubled relationship far behind her in London, Kimberly set out to make new friends. She would soon discover the darker side of travelling alone – and people’s true intentions.
As she came to question the nature of all those around her – and herself – Kimberly was forced to embark on a soul-searching journey into emptiness. What came next after you looked into the abyss? Could Kimberly overcome the trauma – of sexual assault and pregnancy loss – blocking her path to personal enlightenment along the way, and forge a new identity in a journey of-
Death. Cremation. Rebirth.
When the author contacted me about reviewing this book I was quite excited. I have read Leilanie’s book, Gods of Avalon Road, a few months before and I really enjoyed it. This book was totally different from it but it was still a very interesting read.
The book starts as our main character Kimberly moves to Japan in order to escape all the bad things that still haunt her. Still, even life in Japan isn’t what she thought it’s gonna be. She’s new and all alone in this foreign country. And her life isn’t any easier than it was before.
Throughout her journey, Kimberly must learn to overcome her demons and experience true growth.
I really enjoyed this book because it not only showed a different aspect of moving to another country, but it also deals with a lot of heavy and important topics.
The book is filled with Kimberly’s poetry which was definitely one of my favorite parts as well as beautiful descriptions of Japan.
To summarize, this was quite an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to lovers of poetry and very deep-minded contemporary fiction.
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