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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
Sometimes, a reader comes across a book that just grabs their heart and their mind from the very first line. For this reader, that was definitely the case with Geisha With Green Eyes by author India Millar. Follow the story of Midori No Me, the titular Geisha With Green Eyes, a young woman who was raised as an orphan in the shadow of The Hidden House after her geisha mother ran away to be with her father, a red-haired Englishman. Midori No Me was desired and taken at age thirteen in the Mizuage ceremony, where she had been sold to the highest bidder for the prize of taking her virginity by a man old enough to be her grandfather. Midori No Me was owned by the most famous actor in the Kabuki theater, then stolen away by the most powerful Yakuza in the city. Finally, Midori No Me, the woman who escapes her imprisonment, lives a life that is her own.
I loved this book. Loved it. I don’t know what else to say about author India Millar’s wonderful book, Geisha With Green Eyes. Following in the footsteps of another wonderful work with the same subject matter, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, this book truly takes the reader deep inside the life of a Japanese geisha house in the 1850s and introduces us to the girls and women who live there. As I was reading, I felt as if I was actually there with Midori No Me, suffering, living, and eventually loving, and that is the very highest praise I can give to any author.
Geisha With Green Eyes is a book that would appeal to any reader who loves historical fiction, anyone with an interest in geishas or in Japanese history, or anyone who simply loves great fiction. The only advice I would have to a potential reader, besides the advice that they should absolutely buy and read this book as soon as possible, would be to set aside enough time to read this entire book from start to finish, because you simply won’t want to put it down. India Millar, I hope that you are writing your next work in this vein, because I, for one, will be lined up to get it when it’s out.