By Julie Otsuka
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction
National publication Award and Los Angeles Times booklet Prize Finalist
A New York Times outstanding Book
A stunning novel through the prestigious writer of When the Emperor used to be Divine that tells the tale of a gaggle of younger women introduced from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” approximately a century in the past. In 8 unforgettable sections, The Buddha within the Attic strains the intense lives of those girls, from their hard trips by way of boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new other halves; from their studies elevating youngsters who could later reject their tradition and language, to the deracinating arrival of battle. once more, Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel approximately id and loyalty, and what it capacity to be an American in doubtful occasions.
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