Monday, January 16, 2012

The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka

The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka (2011)

This novel is a collection of  connected stories, about a large group of young Japanese women, bought to the US in the early 1900s to be brides for young men.  Many of them were only teenagers, and had not left their home villages before stepping on board the boat.  The author has a clever way of telling us of their collective stories.

Their almost universal disappointment upon meeting their betrothed, the hardship of early married life.  The babies, the children, the homes.  The discrimination, especially as war approaches, deportations and camps

This was a quick but beautiful novel to read, I felt moved by the beginning of the book, it was easy to picture the girls huddled together on the boat, missing their families and their familiar lives.

4/5 - as I always appreciate a story of women's struggles.  Women who fight for love and their children.

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