The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

David Mitchell
Fiction
Random House
Hardcover - 479 Pages
$26.00

Want something entirely original in the historical fiction genre - and lyical to boot?  The novel centers on a love story between a European man and Japanese woman at the turn of the 18th Century in Edo-era Japan.  The relationship is something of a metaphor for the larger scope of the emerging encounter between an insular, feudal Japan and a Europe of Enlightenment ideas and commercial corruption.  Jacob de Zoet is an uptight young Dutch bookkeeper; Miss Aibagawa is a beautiful, but scarred, Japanese midwife.  The rest is history!