~by Arthur Golden
1997 Booklist Editors' Choice Award
1998 ABBY Award Nominee
1999 ABBY Award Nominee
Memoirs of a Geisha is Arthur Golden's debut (and so far only) novel.
Sakamoto Chiyo was born in a small insignificant fishing town, but grew up to become Nitta Sayuri, a very successful and prominent geisha. The novel recounts the story of her life as she tells it, from being sold into virtual slavery, her grueling training and struggle to become recognized, to her eventual success.
I was rather disappointed and felt cheated by the ending, feeling that it was forced. For the most part, however, I very much enjoyed this book.