Friday, June 19, 2015

Forgotten Friday: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

This meme is about books that have been pushed aside while others have gone viral and made into movies. It can be old books, new books, any book that never got its (or enough) time in the spot light.

Publication Date: March 20, 2012
Published by Anchor
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble |

Synopsis: 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.

This book needs to be more widely talked about. It's an important story that everyone needs to read. It's an historical fiction that's written so beautifully. The story itself is heartbreaking and moving. The language is lyrical and written from a unique frame of mind. This book is so short that there's no reason you to not give it a chance. It won't take much of your time but it will pull on your heart strings.

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