Julie Otsuka

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Julie Otsuka


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in Palo Alto, CA, The United States
May 15, 1962

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Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California. After studying art as an undergraduate at Yale University she pursued a career as a painter for several years before turning to fiction writing at age 30. She received her MFA from Columbia. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Asian American Literary Award, and the American Library Association Alex Award.

Her first novel, When the Emperor Was Divine , is about the internment of a Japanese-American family during World War II. It was a New York Times Notable Book, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers finalist. The book is based on Otsuka’s own family history: her grandfather was arrested by the FBI as a suspected spy fo
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Average rating: 3.71 · 107,820 ratings · 16,077 reviews · 9 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Buddha in the Attic

3.68 avg rating — 55,244 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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The Swimmers

3.69 avg rating — 26,878 ratings — published 2022 — 33 editions
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When the Emperor Was Divine

3.80 avg rating — 25,395 ratings — published 2003 — 62 editions
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Granta 115: The F Word

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کیک عروسی و داستان‌های دیگر

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Diem Perdidi

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Svenska Granta 1: Gränser

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“Women are weak, but mothers are strong.”
Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic

“And if anyone asks, you're Chinese. The boy had nodded. "Chinese," he whispered. "I'm Chinese." "And I," said the girl, "am the Queen of Spain." "In your dreams," said the boy. "In my dreams," said the girl, "I'm the King.”
Julie Otsuka, When the Emperor Was Divine

“We lost weight and grew thin. We stopped bleeding. We stopped dreaming. We stopped wanting.”
Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic

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