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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
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Aug 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: pop-lit
Read in August, 2011

Otsuka tells the collective story of Japanese women who came to the United States at the turn of the century as picture brides, tracing their lives from farms, to suburbs, to the camps of World War II internment. The novel doesn't include any recurring characters; just snippets of historical detail, quotes, emotions, and facts that are woven together in a sort of poetry, so rather than following the life of any one or few women who you can feel connected to, you're caught in a wave of stories, which was very interesting and unique experience.

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