Book Review: Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

For a short book, The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, packs a literal punch!  This National Book award finalist tells the tale of Japanese- American war brides from their homeland departure all the way to their interment in WW II camps.  Otsuka’s writing style vividly portrays the uncertainty  the women felt on their voyage from the only home they’ve known.  The brides also face shock and adjustment not only to their husbands, whom they’ve never met, but also to American culture.  I think this book would make a good book discussion book for reading groups as well.  While it is a short book, there is so much to discuss, from the history of this forgotten period of United States history to the universal story of immigrants and their adjustment to America.  The haunting voices of these women will stay with me for a long time.  I highly recommend it!

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