The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

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Writing a long narrative in the first-person plural is a risky business. It brings up questions that don't come to mind with the familiar first or third person singular.
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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.
 

About Julie Otsuka

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Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California. She is the author of the novel When the Emperor Was Divine and a recipient of the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York City.
 
Published August 23, 2011 by Anchor. 145 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Day on Apr 07 2012

Lyrical and empathetic, The Buddha in the Attic is a slender book of real, haunting power.

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Below average
Reviewed by Ursula K Le Guin on Jan 27 2012

Writing a long narrative in the first-person plural is a risky business. It brings up questions that don't come to mind with the familiar first or third person singular.

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Good
Reviewed by Jen C on Dec 31 2011

Otsuka’s understated prose style, reminiscent of a Greek chorus, allows her subjects’ voices to shine without ever being preachy.

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