Face of a Stranger: A Novel

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HarperPerennial, 1996 - Fiction - 202 pages
3 Reviews
Set in a California town in the early part of the century, "Face of a Stranger" tells the story of Kikue and Shino, two Japanese picture brides who came to America in arranged marriages only to discover upon their arrival that they had been duped into lives of prostitution.

Both women are jarred when they encounter Takashi Arai, a young migrant worker and indolent rake, certain that they recognize him as the bogus groom in the photograph used to deceive them. Even as they scheme to buy their freedom from their pimp, they begin plotting revenge against Arai with the help of Hana, a beautiful girl who might be insane, the hapless farmer Kogoro Doi and the unwitting Inadas, two zealous Christian converts. A sly, farcical tale of dissembling, revenge and mistaken identity, "Face of a Stranger" marks the remarkable debut of a writer of uncommon brilliance.

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User Review  - Ortegast - Goodreads

Quick read and worthwhile. Interesting comic interpretation of life and resistance of Japanese picture brides. Didn't think it was great, however. Read full review

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User Review  - Histteach24 - Goodreads

I thought it would be the story of Japanese picture brides assimilating to America. But there was a twist-these ladies end up being sold into prostitution. Still a good book with many thought ... Read full review


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YOGI YAMAGUCHI is the author of Face of a Stranger, a novel.

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