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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

‘The Buddha in the Attic’ by Julie Otsuka is a strikingly original book.  Written in the first person plural (“we”) , a chorus of voices, told from the point of view of a group of Japanese picture brides who move to the United States shortly after World War One, recount their story through sparse descriptions of the journey to California by boat, their mostly unhappy marriages, their children and their experiences of acclimatising to life in a new country.  However, their world is suddenly turned upside down again by the bombing of Pearl Harbour and they find that they have to leave. Continue reading

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