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Mar 20, Pages. Aug 23, Pages. Aug 23, Minutes. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from juulie experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war.

Once again, Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times.

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers, raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history; to the deracinating arrival of war.

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In language that has the force and the fury of poetry, Julie Otsuka has written a singularly spellbinding novel about the American dream. From the Hardcover edition. She lives in New… More about Julie Otsuka. An understated masterpiece…that unfolds with great emotional power.

A novel that feels expansive yet is a magical act of compression. Filled with evocative descriptive sketches…and hesitantly revelatory confessions.

Told in a first-person plural voice that feels haunting and intimate, the novel traces the fates of these nameless women in America. Otsuka extracts the grace and strength at the core of immigrant and female survival and, with exquisite care, makes us rethink the heartbreak iin eternal hope. Though the women vanish, their words linger.

The Buddha in the Attic moves forward in waves of experiences, like movements in a musical composition. Otsuka illuminates the challenges, suffering and occasional joy that they found in their new homeland.

Wrought in exquisite poetry, each sentence spare in words, precise in meaning and eloquently evocative, like a tanka poem, this book is a rare, unique treat. A history lesson in heartbreak. Otsuka winds a thread of despair throughout the book, haunting the reader at every chapter. Byddha masterfully creates a chorus of the unforgettable voices that echo throughout the chambers of this slim but commanding novel, speaking of a time that no American should ever forget.

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Otsuka has the moves of cinematographer, zooming in for close-ups, then pulling back for wide lens group shots. Her stories seem rooted in curiosity and a desire to understand. A boldly imagined work that takes a stylistic risk more daring and exciting attiv many brawnier books five times its size. Even the subject matter is daring. Specific, clear, multitudinous in its grasp and subtly emotional. American Academy of Arts and Letters Lit. Buy the Audiobook Download: Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks.

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