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Archive: Other Books > When the Emperor Was Divine/ Julie Otsuka - 3.5 stars

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JoLene (trvl2mtns) | 1532 comments 3.5 stars

A story about a Japanese family living in Berkeley at the start of WWII. Just after Pearl Harbor, authorities take the father in for questioning. Later, the mother and the two kids are taken to an internment center in San Francisco and later sent to live in the Utah desert.

The story switches points of view, mostly between the kids and mother, but it is a very detached narrative style. None of the main characters have names. Much of the story is the internal thoughts about dealing with the difficult situation of the internment, but even more heartbreaking, was the return home and how much their lives were changed. Overall, I didn’t love the detached style, but the writing was strong..


Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 5546 comments I loved this book.


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