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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307744426
ISBN-13: 9780307744425
Sku: 226445387
Publish Date: 3/20/2012
Pages:  144
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Finalist for the 2011 National Book Award

Julie Otsuka’s long awaited follow-up to When the Emperor Was Divine (“To watch Emperor catching on with teachers and students in vast numbers is to grasp what must have happened at the outset for novels like Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird” —The New York Times) is a tour de force of economy and precision, a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as ‘picture brides’ nearly a century ago.

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers, raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history; to the deracinating arrival of war.

In language that has the force and the fury of poetry, Julie Otsuka has written a singularly spellbinding novel about the American dream. 

From the Hardcover edition.
In delicate, minimalist prose, using various narrative vantage points, Julie Otsuka voices the fictionalized but historically accurate account of a group of Japanese "picture brides," who come to the West Coast of the U.S. in the early 20th century to marry men they've never met. Their individual quests for opportunity and security meet with varying ends, and of course, eventually, they wind up in internment camps, after which the narrative is handed over to the voices of their American neighbors and cohorts. This haunting tale is the follow-up to Otsuka's first novel, which also deals with the difficult topic of Japanese internment camps.


"THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC unfurls as a sequence of linked narratives, some no longer than a paragraph. While it appears to hold the characters at a formal distance, that reticence infuses their stories with powerful emotion." - Alida Becker 07/25/2011

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0144
Product attributePublisher:   Anchor Books
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