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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
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Feb 07, 12

bookshelves: adult, fiction, historical-fiction

Nearly a century ago, Japanese women set sail on boats to America as "picture brides". The only information they had to go on about their future spouse was a photograph which more often than not was a less than honest portrait of the actual man. Otsuka's descriptions of the womens' experiences upon entering the American culture are matter-of-fact and yet poetic; like reading an extended haiku. Beautiful and sorrowful. Also read "When the Emperor Was Divine" in which Otsuka tells the story of a San Francisco family sent to a Japanese Internment camp during WWII.
-Amy O.-

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