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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date August 23, 2011
Pages 129
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307700001
ISBN-10 0307700003
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.50 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $22.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Finalist for the 2011 National Book Award


Julie Otsuka’s long awaited follow-up to When the Emperor Was Divine (“To watch Emperor catching on with teachers and students in vast numbers is to grasp what must have happened at the outset for novels like Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird” —The New York Times) is a tour de force of economy and precision, a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as ‘picture brides’ nearly a century ago.

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers, raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history; to the deracinating arrival of war.

In language that has the force and the fury of poetry, Julie Otsuka has written a singularly spellbinding novel about the American dream.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780307700001 Book cover for 9781410446220
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (March 7, 2012)
9781410446220 | details & prices | 285 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $29.99
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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (August 23, 2011)
9780307700001 | details & prices | 129 pages | 5.50 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $22.00
About: Finalist for the 2011 National Book AwardJulie Otsuka’s long awaited follow-up to When the Emperor Was Divine (“To watch Emperor catching on with teachers and students in vast numbers is to grasp what must have happened at the outset for novels like Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird” —The New York Times) is a tour de force of economy and precision, a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as ‘picture brides’ nearly a century ago.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780307744425
 
from Anchor Books (March 20, 2012)
9780307744425 | details & prices | 129 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.32 lbs | List price $13.95
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780307940735
 
With Carrington MacDuffie (other contributor), Samantha Quan (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (August 23, 2011)
9780307940735 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $30.00
About: Finalist for the 2011 National Book AwardJulie Otsuka’s long awaited follow-up to When the Emperor Was Divine (“To watch Emperor catching on with teachers and students in vast numbers is to grasp what must have happened at the outset for novels like Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird” —The New York Times) is a tour de force of economy and precision, a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as ‘picture brides’ nearly a century ago.

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