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I had The Buddha in the Attic on my reading radar for a while, since I was intrigued by the title and the back cover blurb. After reading it I can say that it certainly matched my expectations. As my first book from Julie Otsuka, I found her writing exquisitely moving and heart-rending. I could easily emotionally connect to the narrative which is written in a striking, unique way. Otsuka never uses the word “I”, but rather always writes as “We.” She tells a collective story about the experience of Japanese immigrants to America (focusing primarily on Japanese women), while at same time drawing on the specific, at times tragic, circumstances of different individuals. Spanning the period from the early 20th century to the start of WWII, which led to the internment of over one hundred and twenty-five thousand Japanese Americans in concentration camps, it is a raw, touching account of their traumatic immigrant journey in America. Although the prose in The Buddha in the Attic stops short of being poetic, it is haunting and gripping. This is a story that will undoubtedly linger with me for a long time.

Have you read The Buddha in the Attic? or any of Julie Otsuka’s other writings? What are your thoughts after reading this novel? What do you find most compelling about her writing? Thank you as always for stopping by! Please feel free to share your thoughts or reactions in a comment below. Also, if you would like to receive more updates about my writing please consider joining my newsletter mailing list by subscribing below.

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