Temple of the Dueling Heart: Or a Brain Scan of Modern Japan

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AuthorHouse, Jul 27, 2010 - Fiction - 232 pages
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Imagine yourself traveling on a journey to Japan to erase your massive debt, only to find herself forced to confront a stalker, a past history of sexual abuse, and a dependency on sleeping pills and anti-depressants. This is what heroine Helene Capri must face in Temple of the Dueling Heart. Like the beautiful Blue Grotto in Italy, her past remains submerged beneath a sea of childhood memories.
She must use her monolingual skills to survive the obsessive stalking of Mikari Wolfe, a man in conflict with his Japanese-American identity. Along the way she also meets Anastasia, a Russian art exchange student searching for herself in Anastasia Romanov, the alleged murdered daughter of the last tsar of Russia. From the opening scene of a woman about to jump in front of a train, the interplay between these three characters drives the dynamics of plot in a setting of psychological tension and suspense, shifting between the two faces of Japanese society...uraomote. Temple of the Dueling Heart can be called a ghost story, in that each character must confront phantoms from their past. Or it could be called a brain scan of modern Japan, with a paranormal twist...

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A former contributor to The Japan Times, Avia Belle Moon has interviewed pioneer graphic novel artist Hagio Moto, been compared to Irish writer Maeve Binchy in The Daily Yomiuri, and been featured in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post. Her first novel, A Thousand Years of Love was published in 2

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