The Buddha in the Attic

By Julie Otsuka

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In the 1920s, an influx of Japanese mail-order brides arrived in San Francisco to find that they have been duped into marrying men who would use them as migrant workers. As they became mothers of children who rejected them for their ‘Japanese-ness,’ and were labeled as traitors by American society – this group of women were ultimately forced to disappear after Japan’s entrance into the war. A beautiful read about a difficult subject. 

Perfect for:

  • Lovers of historical fiction – specifically regarding Japanese immigrants in the U.S.
  • Readers who want a sad-yet-intriguing narrative on a forgotten portion of history.
  • That title. 
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