In the year 1311, in the highest tower of Cloud of Sparrows Castle, a beautiful woman watches as enemies gather below. As she calmly awaits her fate, she begins to write the secret history of the Okumichi clan...of the gift of prophecy they share and the extraordinary destiny that awaits them.
Six centuries later, these remarkable writings are uncovered by an American missionary named Emily Gibson. She meets Lord Genji of the Okumichi clan, a nobleman with a gift of prophecy who must defend his embattled family and confront forbidden feelings for an outsider in his midst. But Emily has found a mission of her own: translating Genji's ancestral history. As she sifts through the fragile scrolls, she begins to see threads of her own life woven into the ancient writings. And as past and present collide, a hidden history comes to life, and with it a secret prophecy that has been shrouded for centuries, and may now finally be revealed.
Intricately woven, magically told, Autumn Bridge, the follow-up to Cloud of Sparrows, is a feast for the senses.
"Complex, epic tale....Matsuoka's rich, authoritative storytelling makes this an engrossing read." (Publishers Weekly)
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Wish it wasn't Abridged
Beautifully captures the Japanese Culture
It is the #1 Japanese related and #1 fiction I have rlistened to so far.
Gengi. He seemed well balanced. He apprecaited life, but was happy with himself. He understood where he was going and what he wanted, but never rushed the situation. He was patient. I strive for that balance.
A picture into the soul of the Japanese
This book truly showed the way Japanese think and feel. After living there for years I would run into the different values and ways of thinking. This book truly outlines those thoughts and feelings.