When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

19 Sep

This first novel is the story of one Japanese American family that was ripped apart in World War II.  Told in five chapters-each chapter is from the perspective of a different member of the family.  Mother, daughter, son, coming home and finally, the father’s “confession.”  A quick read but will stay with you long after the last sentence is read.  The characters are what drive the plot-you want to know what happens to them.  Haunting. Realistic. Necessary.  2002, 144 pages.

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Posted by on September 19, 2007 in General Fiction


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