The Buddha in the Attic – book review

“We lost weight and grew thin. We stopped bleeding. We stopped dreaming. We stopped wanting.”
― Julie OtsukaThe Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the AtticThe Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This short story has an unusual narration which takes a while to adjust to. A tale of many expats putting their own culture and traditions aside to adapt to living in California. It tells the story of Japanese picture brides leaving their homes, their journey to America, their integration into American society and in the end their disappearance during the war.

Their tales are revealed in a piecemeal fashion like “Some did this, others did this and one even did this”. The details are both mundane and some very surprising. All very easy to identify with. This is my second listen to this little story and it is really growing on me.

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