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cerabe1, March 21, 2015 (view all comments by cerabe1)
Riveting. I'm not Japanese, and I was born years after the events of this book took place, but I felt an immediate connection to the war brides in Otsuka's narrative. The struggle she describes is universal - a quest for for belonging and place, the yearning for love and family that is part of us all. I live in Arizona, where two of the internment camps were located; it was only after I read this that I realized I had driven past one of the camps on many trips out of town. I must return with fresh eyes after reading this account of the heroism of these women. An engrossing true life story, sparely and masterfully written.
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Diana Deverell, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by Diana Deverell)
Amazing use of the first person plural as narrator. Captivating!
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Carolyn Jolly, February 14, 2013 (view all comments by Carolyn Jolly)
A clever use of 3rd person personal and first person accounts ground the story of picture brides from Japan sent to America to marry Japanese farmworkers. Otsuka covers an extensive breadth of time, territory, and emotion as she tells the story of the collective brides and their individual hardships in a book not much bigger than a novella. The accounts are historically correct and the book can be read as an account of Japanese women in pre-world war II America. Osuka's book can also be read as a unique, creative, attempt to tell the stories from a history we have all but forgotten.
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Otsuka, Julie
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"Synopsis" by , Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction

National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

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A gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war. Once again, Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times.

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