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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka depicts the communal cultural experience of a group of young brides brought to San Francisco shores more than a century ago.  The book possesses a poetic tone as the author uses a third person plural narrative to convey the cultural roots of the Japanese women. The women depicted by the author at first appear very different from today’s wives, yet much of the book mirrors “everywoman” experiences drawing readers closer to the pleasure, plight and burden of U.S. marriage migration.


As a young married, I peered out the bedroom window.  She donned her straw hat and began to mow the lawn. Back and forth at a fever pace she mowed.  I watched and vowed never to mow and to date I haven’t.

Unfortunately, this was the only WDFPL National Women’s History book review submitted during March 2013.  Oh well, maybe next year.