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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Recommended by Jeff in Technical Services…

Jeff’s synopsis:
A group of “picture brides” from Japan sail to California after WWI to meet up with their prospective husbands. With dreams and promises of a new and better life, they soon realize that everything is not as it seems as the men are not always who they claim to be and life in America is not what they thought it would be. They do their best to survive by raising their families until they are once again uprooted, this time to internment camps after the start of WWII.

He says:
This is a short novel without a main character or dialogue, but the words flow and the story is compelling because of the author’s minimal technique but very descriptive passages. Using a collective voice for the woman makes me think about what it would have been like for them emigrate leaving everything familiar and comfortable behind.