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In her skillful debut novel, Kij Johnson took the classic Japanese myth of the fox who dared to become a woman to win true love and created The Fox Woman, a tale of love and the nature of the soul. Set in the same universe as The Fox Woman, Johnson now enters the world of the creature Kagaya-hime, a woman-warrior and confidante to noblemen. This being started her journey as a tortoise-shell cat who saw her family destroyed by a fire that decimated most of the Imperial city. She has been rendered taleless, with no one but her left to pass on such stories as The Cat Born the Year the Star Fell and The Fire-Tailed Cat. Without her fudoki-self and soul and home and shrine-she cannot. keep the power of her clan together.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765303914
  • 9780765303912
  • 469,342

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Mesmerizing...This tale of life and dying, of love and humanity, soars with feline grace. --Publishers Weekly
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About Kij Johnson

Kij Johnson is the author of several novels, including The Fox Woman and Fudoki. Her short fiction has sold to Amazing Stories, Analog, Asimov's, Duelist Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Realms of Fantasy. She won the Theodore A. Sturgeon award for the best short story of 1994 for her novelette in Asimov's, Fox Magic. In 2001, she won the International Association for the Fantastic in the Art's Crawford Award for best new fantasy novelist of the year.

She taught writing and science-fiction writing at Louisiana State University and at the University of Kansas, and has lectured on creativity and writing at bookstores and businesses across the country. Since 1994, she has assisted at the Writer's Workshop for Science Fiction, hosted by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. Since 1999, she has taught a series of writing seminars at the GenCon Game Fair.

In the past ten years, she has worked as managing editor at Tor Books; collections and special editions editor for Dark Horse Comics; editor, continuity manager and creative director for Wizards of the Coast; and as a program manager on the Microsoft Reader. She has also run chain and independent bookstores, worked as a radio announcer and engineer, edited cryptic crosswords, and waitressed in a strip bar.

She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with her husband, writer Chris McKitterick, a dog and two cats.
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959 ratings
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4 38% (364)
3 19% (181)
2 6% (53)
1 2% (18)
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