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She was taught to submit, to obey . . . but she dreamed of an empire.

The sole heir to the House of Omura, a venerable family of Kobe sake brewers, nineteen-year-old Rie hears but cannot heed her mother's advice: that in nineteenth-century Japan, a woman must "kill the self" or her life will be too difficult to bear. In this strict, male-dominated society, women may not even enter the brewery—and repressive tradition demands that Rie turn over her family's business to the inept philanderer she's been forced to marry. She is even expected to raise her husband's children by another woman—a geisha—so that they can eventually run the Omura enterprise.

But Rie's pride will not allow her to relinquish what is rightfully hers. With courage, cunning, brilliance, and skill, she is ready to confront every threat that arises before her—from prejudice to treachery to shipwrecks to the insidious schemes of relentless rivals—in her bold determination to forge a magnificent dynasty...and to, impossibly, succeed.

An epic and breathtaking saga that spans generations as it sweeps through the heart of a century, Joyce Lebra's The Scent of Sake is a vivid and powerful entry into another world...and an unforgettable portrait of a woman who would not let that world defeat her.


An epic and breathtaking saga that spans generations, "The Scent of Sake" tells the stunning story of a woman's struggles to maintain her family's honor while keeping her secrets in the traditional culture of 19th-century Japan.

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Alan Taddiken, January 14, 2009 (view all comments by Alan Taddiken)
By good chance, I happened on an Advanced Readers Edition of “The Scent of Sake”. Joyce Lebra has given us the gift of insight into the soul of a family and its culture. The setting in 19th Century Japan is beautifully evoked as we follow the life and growing awareness of the story’s heroine, Rie. The author weaves this tale of intersecting desires, enterprise, and cultural expectations with great subtlety and engaging side plots—worthy of a Jane Austen. Rie’s story is timeless in the sense of the obstacles she meets and manages to overcome. But Lebra is beyond the mere entertainment of Romance in her telling: she manages the story with such skill that it is touching but always realistic, exotically descriptive without the ennui of detail. Most of all, Scent of Sake is fun to read—a cross-cultural treat for the mind and heart.
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Lebra, Joyce
Avon A
by Joyce Lebra
Pruitt, David
Lebra-Chapman, Joyce
Romance - Historical
Historical - General
Historical fiction
Japan History 19th century.
Romance - General
Literature-A to Z
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Trade PB
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7.94x5.32x.94 in. .61 lbs.

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