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The Buddha in the Attic

Otsuka, Julie, 1962- Book - 2011 Fiction / Otsuka, Julie, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Otsuka, Julie 4 On Shelf 1 request on 6 copies Community Rating: 3.4 out of 5

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Call Number: Fiction / Otsuka, Julie, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Otsuka, Julie
On Shelf At: Downtown Library, Malletts Creek Branch

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Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.

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Slight and Perfect submitted by Sara W on July 31, 2012, 9:38am This book is tiny, a slim 129 pages. Much about it, from the size, to the detail of the characters, to the way it is written seems meant to capture insignificance. The book is narrated by a group - everything is wriitten "we." "We set off across the ocean" "Some of us gave birth in barns." Nothing is about the individual, it is always separated by this group mentality, this impersonality. That manages to make it all the more tragic, as we follow these hopeful brides-to-be from their Japanese village, across the Pacific, to meet the husbands who exaggerated their youth, strength and wealth to lure them here.

It's ingeniously told and at the end, it seems more like you've just read a particularly moving poem than a novel. Beautiful.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Year Published: 2011
Description: 129 p. ; 20 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780307700001
0307700003

SUBJECTS
Mail order brides -- Fiction.
Japanese -- California -- Fiction.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.