9780385721813WHEN THE EMPEROR WAS DIVINE
by Julie Otsuka

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Julie Otsuka’s commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese-American internment camps unlike any we have 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. 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.

“Exceptional. . . . Otsuka skillfully dramatizes a world suddenly foreign. . . . [Her] incantatory, unsentimental prose is the book’s greatest strength.” —The New Yorker

“Prose so cool and precise that it’s impos-sible not to believe what [Otsuka] tells us or to see clearly what she wants us to see. . . . A gem of a book and one of the most vivid history lessons you’ll ever learn.” —USA Today

“Undoubtedly one of the most effective, memorable books to deal with the internment crisis.” —The Bloomsbury Review

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