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When the Emperor Was Divine
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perfection Learning
Publication date October 1, 2003
Pages 144
ISBN-13 9780756966386
ISBN-10 0756966388
Dimensions 0.60 by 5.10 by 8 in.
Weight 2.50 lbs.
Original list price $24.75
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product 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 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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