Amorous Woman Reviews and Interviews
“In turns funny, insightful, and always erotic, this novel follows the sexual adventures of beautiful blonde Lydia through a modern Japanese male landscape. Donna Storey’s eye and nose for the redolent detail is a treat for all the senses as she spins her tale into a savory concoction not unlike the "cooked-to-your-liking" pancake of cabbage, egg, and smoky fish sauce called okonomiyaki that serves as the heroine’s comfort food. Amorous Woman is literary erotica at its best.”
— Liza Dalby - author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki
“The prose is seductive and sensual, yet simple and straightforward. It’s heartbreaking, yet it celebrates life. The narrative, like Lydia, is two things at once. Fantasy and fact are woven together throughout the story, a combination typified by the scene in which a Japanese professor of folklore draws a sketch of Lydia on a bridge by a waterfall where an imaginary kappa, a type of demon, lurks waiting. The professor is also likened to a tanuki, another type of demon, and the symbolism continues in the next scene where Lydia seduces the professor. The novel blurs the edges of reality and fantasy, presenting a third and individual state - Lydia’s reality…. This is a truly remarkable story. It’s not for everyone, but look past the apparent superficiality of the catalogue of sexual exploits and you’ll discern deeper meanings and the subtle layering of culture and Otherness. Amorous Woman is an astonishing and powerful tale told with grace and style. Easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.
— Singapore Sling - Cocktail Reviews
“The difference between pornography and erotic literature is the literary quality of the writing, how the subject matter of human sexuality is treated as simple (and simple minded) lust, or as a complex showcase of desire and behavior. Clearly, by this standard, Amorous Woman by Donna George Storey is a work of elegant eroticism …with a very special perspective on elements of Japanese culture that is related with a blend of humor, social critique, and literary skill that is impressive from beginning to end.”
— Margaret Lane - Midwest Book Review
“A pretty young American woman’s sexual journey in Japan during its bubble, Amorous Woman is lusciously, lustily provocative. The setting may make the tale exotic, and it is, but never alienatingly so. Donna Storey’s deep understanding of Japanese culture and customs doesn’t allow that. All the Japanese men and women she describes are natural, believable, none a caricature.”
— Hiroaki Sato - author of Japanese Women Poets: An Anthology
“Like her heroine, Donna George Storey has lived and worked in Japan and this, her first novel, is a perfect example of writing about what you know. Not only are Lydia’s adventures lusciously and erotically described, so is the Land of the Rising Sun itself. As for Lydia, she follows the well-trodden path of expanding her sexual experience via same-sex trysts, threesomes and bondage, but there’s a freshness to the descriptions and a coming to terms with her needs and desires which lifts her beyond the two-dimensional. A highly enjoyable read.”
—Elizabeth Coldwell - UK Forum
“In An Amorous Woman, Donna George Storey has written a book in which escapism (to Japan in this case) and hot and gritty realism (in the sexual sense) run hand in hand through the pages. Her descriptions of Japan make it seem a fairytale setting, but what happens to Lydia in those settings in anything but fairytale - it’s sexual encounters that intrigue, arouse and frighten this young Westerner in almost equal proportions and as we pursue her geographical and erotic journey with her, we’re introduced to Japan and the Japanese obsessions, desires and perversions in such a smooth fashion that there’s no doubt Storey really knows her stuff.”
— Kay Sexton - reviewed for Chroma
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“Written with spare but passionate prose, Amorous Woman is the kind of book that demands you slow down and savor. The sex scenes are hot, almost always emotional, and inventive more often than not. The backstory that surrounds Lydia’s sexual journey is just as appealing as the naughty bits… as Lydia points out during her tale, the literal translation of ‘Amorous Woman’ is ‘the woman who loved colors.’ Storey paints her story with the fine strokes of a learned, purposeful brush. In Amorous Woman, she has illustrated exactly how good erotica should be written.”
— Gwen Masters - author of One Breath at a Time, reviewed for Clean Sheets.com
“The cover of AMOUROUS WOMAN promises a sexy read. The book is that, and so much more. Donna George Storey is a gifted storyteller. Her voice is both lyrical and immediate. When I met the protagonist, Lydia, and her affair with all things Japanese began, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to put this book down. I never had a clue where she was taking me next but I was right there with her, every step of the way. Rich with sensual detail, humour, and emotional complexity, AMOUROUS WOMAN is both a sensual and cultural journey. Highly recommended!”
— Saskia Walker - author of Along for the Ride, Double Dare, and Reckless
“Focusing on sex in Japan is a great departure from the more usual erotic scenes and I certainly enjoyed getting a peek into such a different culture. Storey clearly has a love for and an interest in this land, and that comes through with her writing. A piece of erotica that works equally well story-wise and for an insight into a whole other life makes this a great addition to your erotic bookshelf. I have no doubt I'll be rereading this in the future.”
— Field Marshall McBirdie - LoveHoney's “Orgasm Army’
“The scope of this story is tremendous, and the settings are palpable in their completeness. It's clear the author has a strong understanding of Japanese culture. Vivid sexual scenes abound, encompassing a vast range of pleasures… this book is hard to put down.”
— Romantic Times Book Review Magazine
“If your knowledge of Japanese culture could do with a little stretching, or if you simply enjoy well-written erotica, you won’t go far wrong with meeting this Amorous Woman.”
— Ashley Lister - author of Swingers. Reviewed for Erotica Revealed
“AMOROUS WOMAN is definitely arousing but it is much more than a light-hearted bedroom romp through Japan. It is a believable and moving tale of one woman’s journey of sexual self-discovery. … I enjoyed Amorous Woman more than any erotic novel I’ve read in a long while. Ms. Storey writes with insight and humor. She vividly conveys the sensual experiences of living in a new land.”
— Lisabet Sarai - author of Raw Silk and Incognito and reviewer for The Erotica Readers and Writers Association.
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“This is one of those books where you find yourself thinking ‘Oh go on, just one more chapter.’ And you end up being up half the night reading because you just can’t pull yourself away from the story.”
— Victoria Blisse, SexyReads.co.uk
“Donna George Storey has written a book in which escapism (to Japan in this case) and hot and gritty realism (in the sexual sense) run hand in hand through the pages. Her descriptions of Japan make it seem a fairytale setting, but what happens to Lydia in those settings in anything but fairytale - it’s sexual encounters that intrigue, arouse and frighten this young Westerner in almost equal proportions and as we pursue her geographical and erotic journey with her, we’re introduced to Japan and the Japanese obsessions, desires and perversions in such a smooth fashion that there’s no doubt Storey really knows her stuff.
The book is packed with erotic content, but there is also an emotional component, Lydia is not just a good time girl, she’s looking for a future and that stops this book being just another bonk-fest. We care what happens and invest in Lydia’s journey, even as we enjoy her experiences and egg her on to fulfil each and every passion of an ‘amorous woman’ ”— Kay Sexton
You can find out all kinds of secrets about the earliest roots of my novel, what I do and don’t know about writing sex scenes, and my fantasy life lolling away the day on a desert island while I wait for the rescue boat to arrive in my interview in Kay Sexton’s UK-based blog, Writing Neuroses.
“Donna George Storey is a storyteller, as well as a writer. I had a difficult time stepping away from this book, because I felt transported while reading it. I also didn’t want it to end. I wanted to know more!”— Interview by Virtual Wordsmith blogger Mary Lynn Lewis, Virtual Wordsmith