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Pieces of Paper: A short story set in Tokyo [Kindle Edition]

Jeannie Lin
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A chance encounter brings a hint of romance to a young woman's journey through the streets of Tokyo. This semi-autobiographical short story by the author of Butterfly Swords explores questions of identity and connectedness in the digital age.

Product Details

  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jeannie Lin (March 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SY5SY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, but Insightful May 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Lin prefaces this story by saying that this is a semi-autobiographical story about her own experiences in Japan about ten years ago. Its a very short story, just above 20 pages and I think well-written. The tone of the story is warm and welcoming as 'Jeannie' in the book explains to us how she came to be in Japan by herself lost and searching for the tea ceremony.

Throughout the story she observes how awkward she feels despite the fact she is Asian and surrounded by other Asians. I've never quite left Caucasian dominated areas before, or been in a situation where I couldn't insist that there be some sort of English around so I understand everything. The closest I've come would be Inner City Philadelphia (where you'd be hard pressed to find anybody who can speak English no matter their race) and certain parts of NJ.

Jeannie sets the scene well; the nervousness, but excitement one feels when visiting a new culture and learning new things. The awe when you realize that there are far more busy and insane cities out there then just in the US. The near constant bombardment of sensory data while you try to acclimate. I would have happily read about Jeannie's experiences while she wandered around Japan.

The inclusion of Scott, a graduate student studying Eastern Asian Religion, made for an interesting comparison for Jeannie and the reader. Jeannie observes that his everyman American looks felt more comfortable to her then seeing the scores of people who shared her genetic history.

This was a diverting insightful piece that felt kind of like talking with a friend after a trip. Jeannie, the character, isn't afraid to discuss her flaws or touristy thoughts. Her enthusiasm to enjoy her trip to Japan was obvious making the story relaxing to read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Treat April 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
PIECES OF PAPER is a great story. I loved Ms. Lin's previous short story, THE TAMING OF MEI LIN, which was a prequel to her debut novel, BUTTERFLY SWORDS. I thought I understood the power of her voice. Then I read this lovely contemporary and had to reconsider--she's better than I knew. Jeannie Lin used a brief timespan and a seemingly simple encounter to craft a story that made me catch my breath. Through it I wondered, What will happen? The ending was moving without being fluffy or cloying.
Brava, Ms. Lin. I cannot wait for your next release.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun! February 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked this short story up because I have been wanting to read Lin's work for some time and was hoping this would be a nice taste.

This short story shows off the charm Lin's writing. However, this short was really short. We get a hinting blush that there is a HEA but we don't even really get a full date. Sigh.

I liked very much the look at being an Asian American in Tokyo but did wish for more of the love story.

I will be picking up more of her books!
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USA TODAY bestselling author Jeannie Lin grew up fascinated with stories of Western epic fantasy and Eastern martial arts adventures. When her best friend introduced her to romance novels in middle school, the stage was set. Jeannie started writing her first book while working as a high school science teacher in South Central Los Angeles.

Jeannie is known for writing groundbreaking historical romances set in Tang Dynasty China starting with her Golden Heart award-winning debut, Butterfly Swords. Her Chinese historicals have received multiple awards and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.

She currently writes historical romance Chinese warriors and scholars, courtesans and swordswomen. Beginning in 2014, she will be starting a steampunk series set during the Opium Wars.

Titles by Jeannie Lin:
The Jade Temptress (The Lotus Palace #2)
The Lotus Palace
Butterfly Swords
The Dragon and the Pearl
My Fair Concubine
The Sword Dancer

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