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The Buddha in the Attic

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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction
National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
A New York Times Notable Book

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 18, 2011 – In the early 1900s, numerous Japanese mail order brides came to America seeking better lives. Otsuka's (When the Emperor was Divine) latest novel paints a delicate, heartbreaking portrait of these women. Using a collective first-person narrator ("On the boat we were mostly virgins."), Otsuka looks at the experiences of these "picture brides," organizing their stories into themes which include: their arrival in America; their first nights with their husbands; their interactions with white people; their children; and finally, the experience of World War II. Each section is beautifully rendered, a delicate amalgam of contrasting and complementary experiences. Readers will instantly empathize with these unnamed women as they adjust to American culture, a remarkable achievement considering Otsuka's use of the collective voice. Otsuka's prose is precise and rich with imagery. Readers will be inspired to draw their own parallels between the experiences of these women and the modern experience of immigration. By the time readers realize that the story is headed toward the internment of the Japanese, they are hopelessly engaged and will finish this exceptional book profoundly moved.

Customer Reviews

The Buddah in the Attic

I love her writing. Lean, passionate, deeply poetic. I followed the excerpts of this book in Harpers and Granta earlier this year anxious to read the whole book. It does not disappoint. Highly recommended!

The Buddha in the Attic

This is the absolute worst book I have ever purchased. Her writing style is painfully repetitive, much like beating my head with a hammer. The characters do not have names or defined personalities, since everyone is grouped as a "we." Don't waste your device"s space by downloading this book even if it is for free!

The Buddha in the Attic - great read

One of the best books I have ever read. She spoke the truth for hundreds of thousands Japanese. The words I read are part of American Japanese DNA- and I know this because my son is all these people. Using "we" was brilliant. I can't wait to read her next book. The people that didn't like this book- simply did not understand it- through no fault of the author.

The Buddha in the Attic
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Aug 23, 2011
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 144 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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