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A breathtaking debut. Also a painter, Otsuka creates complex scenes and well-rounded characters with astonishing efficiency. Line by line her minimalist strokes disguise the massive canvas on which she's working: the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans that began on the day after Pearl Harbor. As one Berkeley family is uprooted — a mother and her children head off to Utah while the father remains interned in New Mexico — questions of loyalty, identity, and suspicion arise. As pertinent today as ever.
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Julie Otsukas commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination—both physical and emotional—of a generation of Japanese Americans. In five chapters, each flawlessly executed from a different point of view—the mother receiving the order to evacuate; the daughter on the long train ride to the camp; the son in the desert encampment; the familys return to their home; and the bitter release of the father after more than four years in captivity—she has created a small tour de force, a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion. Spare, intimate, arrestingly understated, When the Emperor Was Divine is a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times. It heralds the arrival of a singularly gifted new novelist.

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"Exceptional. . . . Otsuka skillfully dramatizes a world suddenly foreign. . . . [Her] incantatory, unsentimental prose is the book's greatest strength." The New Yorker

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"A timely examination of mass hysteria in troubled times. . . . Otsuka combines interesting facts and tragic emotions with a steady, pragmatic hand." The Oregonian

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"At once delicately poetic and unstintingly unsentimental." St. Petersburg Times

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"Her voice never falters, equally adept at capturing horrific necessity and accidental beauty. Her unsung prisoners of war contend with multiple front lines, and enemies who wear the faces of neighbors and friends. It only takes a few pages to join their cause, but by the time you finish this exceptional debut, you will recognize that their struggle has always been yours." Colson Whitehead, author of John Henry Days

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Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California. She is a graduate of Yale University and received her M.F.A. from Columbia. She lives in New York City.

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Carol Green, January 24, 2010 (view all comments by Carol Green)
In somewhat sparse stories, Otsuka manages to convey a complex message. You come away from these interlinked stories with a wonderful message about humanity. Very moving.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375414299
Author:
Otsuka, Julie
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Japanese Americans
Subject:
Concentration camps
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Japanese American families
Subject:
World War, 19
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
10381
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.28x5.30x.70 in. .57 lbs.

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Product details 160 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375414299 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A breathtaking debut. Also a painter, Otsuka creates complex scenes and well-rounded characters with astonishing efficiency. Line by line her minimalist strokes disguise the massive canvas on which she's working: the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans that began on the day after Pearl Harbor. As one Berkeley family is uprooted — a mother and her children head off to Utah while the father remains interned in New Mexico — questions of loyalty, identity, and suspicion arise. As pertinent today as ever.

"Review" by , "Exceptional. . . . Otsuka skillfully dramatizes a world suddenly foreign. . . . [Her] incantatory, unsentimental prose is the book's greatest strength."
"Review" by , "A timely examination of mass hysteria in troubled times. . . . Otsuka combines interesting facts and tragic emotions with a steady, pragmatic hand."
"Review" by , "At once delicately poetic and unstintingly unsentimental."
"Review" by , "Her voice never falters, equally adept at capturing horrific necessity and accidental beauty. Her unsung prisoners of war contend with multiple front lines, and enemies who wear the faces of neighbors and friends. It only takes a few pages to join their cause, but by the time you finish this exceptional debut, you will recognize that their struggle has always been yours."
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