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In eight unforgettable sections, The 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.