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In eight unforgettable
Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of a
group of young women brought from Japanto San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. Julie Otsuka, author of When
the Emperor Was Divine, shows us these young women’s arduous journeys by boat, 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, Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and
what it means to be an American in uncertain times. The New York Times hails Otsuka’s style as “incantatory…[pulling] her
prose close to poetry …. Filled with evocative descriptive sketches … and
hesitantly revelatory confessions.” The Buddha in the Attic is a winner of the PEN/Faulkner award for Fiction, a finalist for the National
Book Award, and is a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist. Otsuka is
also a recipient of the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library
Association Alex Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York City.
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