Gina in the Floating World


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She Writes Press
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5.6 X 0.9 X 8.4 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Belle Brett is a graduate of Grub Street's intensive Novel Incubator program. After a career in education as a teacher, career counselor, and evaluator of educational programs, she is now an artist and a writer, contributing to her own and others' blogs and writing fiction that deals with coming of age across the life span. She holds a doctorate of education in human development and psychology from Harvard University. A lifelong traveler, in her twenties Belle served as a bar hostess in a working-class Tokyo suburb after a six-month trip across Asia. She now lives with her photographer husband in Somerville, Massachusetts. Gina in the Floating World is her first novel.


2019 International Book Awards, Finalist, Fiction: Cross Genre 2019 IBPA Ben Franklin Awards Finalist in Best New Voice: Fiction 2018 Sarton Women's Book Awards Finalist in Contemporary Fiction "Brett's engaging and compulsively readable debut traces one woman's erotic coming-of-age in a frank, intelligent manner.... A sharply observed and unforgettable debut." --Kirkus Reviews "This is a promising start for a writer to watch." --Publishers Weekly "In this erotic thriller, Gina, a midwestern innocent, fights temptation as she falls into the underbelly of Tokyo's nightlife, where a stew of high culture, quick money, love, and lust threatens to drown her, leaving the reader hot to know what happens next." --E.B. Moore, author of Stones in the Road and An Unseemly Wife "In this unique coming of age story set in 1981, Dorothy, a good Midwestern girl, plans to attend Wharton but finds herself working as a hostess named Gina in Tokyo to pay the bills. Like Dorothy in Oz, she meets unexpected people and gets into situations more outlandish than she could've imagined. Brett's debut is inventive, funny, and authentic in its depiction of how life's surprises, even unpleasant ones, can shape the course of a life." --Stephanie Gayle, author of Idyll Threats and Idyll Fears "Belle Brett's wise and gorgeous novel of self-discovery takes us on a journey through Japan's floating world, a land where evening is morning, life is art, and an aspiring MBA student named Dorothy becomes Gina, a woman with the courage to explore her darkest erotic desires." --Donna George Storey, author of Amorous Woman "Belle Brett's debut sears, holding readers captive inside a world of vamped up whiskey nights. Brilliant, sexy, and sincere, Gina in the Floating World goes all the way. . . and then some. Brett's talent is clearly matchless." --Michael Graves, author of Parade and Dirty One