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Publisher Comments:

Julie Otsuka’s 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 family’s 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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Synopsis:

A story told from five different points of view--a mother receiving the evacuation order, her daughter on the train ride to the camp, the son in the desert internment camp, the family's return home, and the final release of the father after years in captivity--chronicles the experiences of Japanese Americans caught up in the nightmare of the World War II internment camps. A first novel. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307430212
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Fiction : General
Author:
Otsuka, Julie
Author:
Julie Otsuka
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Japanese Americans
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Japanese American families
Subject:
Concentration camp inmates
Subject:
Concentration camps
Subject:
California
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20031014
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
160

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When the Emperor Was Divine
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Product details 160 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307430212 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A story told from five different points of view--a mother receiving the evacuation order, her daughter on the train ride to the camp, the son in the desert internment camp, the family's return home, and the final release of the father after years in captivity--chronicles the experiences of Japanese Americans caught up in the nightmare of the World War II internment camps. A first novel. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
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