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.
When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka