Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Buddha in the Attic

This is a story that really resonates with you. But the weird thing is, there is no "story." There isn't any real plot or any characters. The story is written in the "we" perspective and chronicles the journey of many young Japanese women that came to America in the early twentieth century. This book aims to be the voice for all the Japanese women of this tumultuous era. The book traces these women as they journey across the ocean, meet their husbands for the first time, learn to deal with white people, had babies, lived under the shadow of Pearl Harbor, and then were finally carted away by the government.

This book has a certain poetic quality and does an amazing job of voicing what thousands of Japanese women went through. It's tragically beautiful and haunting. A must read.

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