When The Emperor Was Divine

When The Emperor Was Divine

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Julie Otsuka's commanding and passionate debut novel explores unfamiliar history - that of Japanese Americans in World War II. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination of a generation who find themselves interned in their own country. With each chapter flawlessly executed from a different point of view - the mother; the daughter; the son; the family's return to their home; and the bitter release of their father - she has created a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion. "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.
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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 14mm | 140.62g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141009055
  • 9780141009056
  • 1,537,781

About Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka lives in New York. This is her first novel.
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