Her books are known for calling attention to the plight of japanese americans throughout world war ii she did not live through the japanese internment period but her mother uncle and two grandparents did which gives otsuka a unique and personal perspective on the.
Buddha in the attic characters.
The novel the buddha in the attic by julie otsuka follows the lives of a group of young women as they travel by boat to america.
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Julie otsuka is a japanese american author.
The buddha in the attic is a 2011 novel written by american author julie otsuka about japanese picture brides immigrating to america in the early 1900s.
In eight incantatory sections the buddha in the attic traces the picture brides extraordinary lives from their arduous journey.
Otsuka is known for her historical fiction novels dealing with japanese americans.
The image of a laughing buddha left behind in an attic symbolizes the experiences of several japanese women and their families in early twentieth century america.
She tells the oft unspoken stories of an entire generation of nearly anonymous japanese woman who agreed to marry japanese american men and move to california without ever having met them.
All are hoping for a better life.
There is no traditional plot in this novel.
The buddha in the attic was nominated for a national book award for fiction 2011 and won the langum.
It is otsuka s second novel.
Unlike most fiction novels the buddha in the attic s narrative is told from the first person plural point of view like a chorus of narrators as the chicago tribune puts it with references to we and no individualized characters singled out.
The buddha in the attic summary.
The story begins as the brides to be board their ship bound for san francisco.
The novel was published in the united states in august 2011 by the publishing house knopf publishing group.
Julie otsuka s long awaited follow up to when the emperor was divine is a tour de force of economy and precision a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought from japan to san francisco as picture brides nearly a century ago.
Written by kaykay hali and other people who wish to remain anonymous the buddha in the attic is julie otsuka s seminal work.