The Teahouse Fire

  • by Ellis Avery
  • Narrated by Barbara Caruso
  • 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The fates of two women, one American, one Japanese, become entwined in this sweeping novel of 19th century Japan on the cusp of radical change and Westernization.The Japanese tea ceremony, steeped in ritual, is at the heart of this story of an American girl adopted by Kyoto's most important tea master and raised as attendant and surrogate younger sister to his privileged daughter, Yukako.
Pasts shrouded in secrets and mysterious traditions rocked by modernization make The Teahouse Fire a compelling and provocative story, lush in details and epic in scope.


What the Critics Say

Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration-Female, 2008
"Author Lee Smith's skill at capturing women's voices is a kind of literary music stemming from our ever-evolving American family life." (Midwest Book Review)
"Highly recommended." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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This is one of those stories that words cannot define. From the literary excellence to the narration, the novel will capture the listener from beginning to end. It taps on all the emotions one would expect from an exceptional masterpiece while embracing the listener in the lives of its fabulous characters. Despite its fiction story line, the writing consistently flows in harmony with Asian history and culture and is written in such a way that gives credibility to the entire novel. Thank you for making this outstanding selection available.
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- Pamela

Magical Cultural Experience

This story is rich with insight into the Japanese culture from the eyes of a young foreign girl. It is a magical story and the narrator does a wonderful job.
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- Angelica

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2007
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books