by Arthur Golden
The story starts out in 20th century Japan, where a young girl named Sayuri, who’s only 9 years old, is sold by her father to a geisha house. As her childhood passes away she works hard to pay back her purchase price. She learns all the things that a geisha should know. The author shows both sides of a geisha’s life – the good one and the sad one. She is an idol and a slave at the same time.
The story is so absorbing that at times it seems so true and realistic. You almost forget that it’s fiction, it’s so well written. An absolutely amazing book! Everyone who enjoys historical fiction will love this one as well.