When the Emperor Was Divine

ISBN-10: 0385721811
ISBN-13: 9780385721813
Edition: N/A
Authors: Julie Otsuka
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Description: Julie Otsuka’s commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination—both physical and emotional—of a  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/14/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Julie Otsuka’s commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination—both physical and emotional—of a generation of Japanese Americans. In five chapters, each flawlessly executed from a different point of view—the mother receiving the order to evacuate; the daughter on the long train ride to the camp; the son in the desert encampment; the family’s return to their home; and the bitter release of the father after more than four years in captivity—she has created a small tour de force, a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion. Spare, intimate, arrestingly understated, When the Emperor Was Divine is a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times. It heralds the arrival of a singularly gifted new novelist. From the Hardcover edition.

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