The Ginger Tree

The Ginger Tree

3.96 (3,521 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.96 (3,521 ratings by Goodreads)

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"One of the few contemporary novels to show Japan as it was and is." -- Japan Times

The classic bittersweet story of love and betrayal in the Far East.

A stunning tour de force acclaimed throughout the world, The Ginger Tree is the spellbinding odyssey of one woman's strength and spirit in the face of terrifying odds.

In 1903, a young Scotswoman named Mary Mackenzie sets sail for China to marry her betrothed, a military attaché in Peking. But soon after her arrival, Mary falls into an adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman, scandalizing the British community. Casting her out of the European community, her compatriots tear her away from her small daughter. A woman abandoned and alone, Mary learns to survive over forty tumultuous years in Asia, including two world wars and the cataclysmic Tokyo earthquake of 1923.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 132 x 206 x 21mm | 281g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060959673
  • 9780060959678
  • 60,383

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In 1903, a young Scotswoman named Mary Mackenzie sets sail for China to marry her betrothed, a military attaché in Peking. But soon after her arrival, Mary falls into an adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman, scandalizing the British community. Casting her out of the European community, her compatriots tear her away from her small daughter. A woman abandoned and alone, Mary learns to survive over forty tumultuous years in Asia, including two world wars and the cataclysmic Tokyo earthquake of 1923.
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Review quote

"Wonderful." -- New York Times

"A completely diverting and moving tracery of the hardening destiny of a nation and the quiet shriveling of one heart." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Marvelous." -- The Spectator (London)

"Ripping Yarn." -- Daily Record (Scotland)

"One of the few contemporary novels to show Japan as it was and is." -- Japan Times
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Rating details

3,521 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 33% (1,146)
4 39% (1,377)
3 21% (756)
2 5% (187)
1 2% (55)
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