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Publisher Description

The debut novel from the PEN/Faulkner Award Winning Author of The Buddha in the Attic

On a sunny day in Berkeley, California, in 1942, a woman sees a sign in a post office window, returns to her home, and matter-of-factly begins to pack her family's possessions. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans they have been reclassified, virtually overnight, as enemy aliens and are about to be uprooted from their home and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert.

In this lean and devastatingly evocative first novel, Julie Otsuka tells their story from five flawlessly realized points of view and conveys the exact emotional texture of their experience: the thin-walled barracks and barbed-wire fences, the omnipresent fear and loneliness, the unheralded feats of heroism. When the Emperor Was Divine is a work of enormous power that makes a shameful episode of our history as immediate as today's headlines.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2002
September 10
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
160
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
813.9
KB

Customer Reviews

Redhoosier ,

When the emperor was divine

Beautifully written. The author made you feel their pain and hope. I read it without putting it down.

Enrico101 ,

Great book!!!

This book is amazing. Kept me interested and wanting more every time I turned the page! Very descriptive and accurate. A must read!

Hankanon ,

Superb

A wonderful read, the writing is spare and poetic... a deeply personal insight into the Japanese internment during WW2... I think it’s going to be in my 9th grade curriculum next school year.

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