When the Emperor Was Divine
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The debut novel from the PEN/Faulkner Award Winning Author of The Buddha in the Attic
On a sunny day in Berkeley, California, in 1942, a woman sees a sign in a post office window, returns to her home, and matter-of-factly begins to pack her family's possessions. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans they have been reclassified, virtually overnight, as enemy aliens and are about to be uprooted from their home and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert.
In this lean and devastatingly evocative first novel, Julie Otsuka tells their story from five flawlessly realized points of view and conveys the exact emotional texture of their experience: the thin-walled barracks and barbed-wire fences, the omnipresent fear and loneliness, the unheralded feats of heroism. When the Emperor Was Divine is a work of enormous power that makes a shameful episode of our history as immediate as today's headlines.
Publishers Weekly Review
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When the emperor was divine
Beautifully written. The author made you feel their pain and hope. I read it without putting it down.
This book is amazing. Kept me interested and wanting more every time I turned the page! Very descriptive and accurate. A must read!
A poignant novel of an American tragedy
A poignant novel that tells of an American family that was split up as a result of America’s regrettable and shameful decision to forcibly imprison American citizens of Japanese ancestry during WW2. The story is told through the eyes of a young brother and sister from Berkeley interned with their mother for 3 1/2 years in a Utah internment camp, while their father was being held in a New Mexico camp.