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The Buddha in the Attic

Annotation
In her widely admired debut novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, Otsuka portrayed the internment of Japanese -Americans during World War II. Here she retreats a few steps, following a group of Japanese women who travel to early 1900s San Francisco as mail-order brides. Given the success of Emperor, it's no surprise that this new work is getting a 75,000-copy first printing, a reading group guide, and a seven-city tour. I'm looking forward to this one.

Awards
2011  New York Times Notable Books of the Year

GenreFiction
Historical
TopicsMail-order brides
Japanese Americans
Cultural identity
Families
History
SettingCalifornia