Synopses & Reviews
Set in the perfectly realized world of imperial tenth-century Japan, The Book of Loss
is a gripping novel of sexual jealousy at court.
A renowned storyteller and lady-in-waiting to the empress, the narrator is locked in a bitter rivalry with another woman for the love of a banished nobleman. Forced to observe the complex rules and social hierarchies of court life, she finds herself caught in a trap of her own making. Her machinations reach such a pitch that they threaten to undermine the rule of the emperor himself. She records her plight and her acidulous observations of courtly life in her diary. Her voice is unforgettable--both foreign and utterly modern. Her sense of loss is unbearable, her love is all-consuming, and it will push her to the extremes of rivalry.
Offering the intimate seductions and betrayals of Dangerous Liaisons and Memoirs of a Geisha, The Book of Loss takes the reader into the farthest reaches of desire, where passion rules and jealousy leads to unthinkable acts.
"Jedamus's prose, like a prolonged Haiku, captures the Japanese obsession with subtle natural detail...A finely wrought depiction of turbulence."
"Jedamus...skillfully evokes the elegant aesthetic and elaborate pageantry of the Heian period, particularly in the book's fascinating glossary."
About the Author
Julith Jedamus was born in Boulder, Colorado, and has a background in art history. For the past ten years, she has lived with her family in London. This is her first novel.