A tour de force about a group of women brought from Japan to San Francisco in the early 1900s as mail-order brides.
In six sections, the novel traces their new lives as "picture brides": the arduous voyage by boat, where the girls trade photos of their husbands and imagine uncertain futures in an unknown land... their arrival in San Francisco and the tremulous first nights with their new husbands... backbreaking toil as migrant workers in the fields and in the homes of white women... the struggle to learn a new language and culture... giving birth and raising children who come to reject their heritage... and, finally, the arrival of war, and the agonizing prospect of their internment.
Once again Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times.
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"A lovely prose poem that gives a bitter history lesson." - Kirkus Reviews
"Starred Review. Each section is beautifully rendered, a delicate amalgam of contrasting and complementary experiences.... Otsuka's prose is precise and rich with imagery." - Publishers Weekly
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Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California. She is a graduate of Yale University and received her M.F.A. from Columbia. She is the author of the novels When the Emperor was Divine and The Buddha in the Attic and a recipient of the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. She lives in New York City.
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