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Discussing The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Like many things in life, small, modest packages often hold the biggest surprises. I read The Buddha in the Attic and just loved it. It left me wanting more about this subject: the experience of Japanese mail-order brides sailing to the U.S., anxiously wondering what their new life and partners held in store for them.
Told as collective narrative, the book’s shared viewpoint and unique stories impressed on me the power of individuals and Julie Otsuka’s rich, deep prose to tell often very complex stories so simply and powerfully.
My American aunt snatched it from my fingers as soon as I’d finished and tells me it has been read by two of her U.S. friends, who also loved it. I’d like it back, but I love that this is a book that shares a spirit between my Aunt, her friends and the discussion already taking place on BritMums Book Club.
Like the voyage, the description and language reminded me of being on a boat slowly rocking away. I loved the generous spirit, an insight into a slice of US/Japanese history and the introduction to a really interesting author. A few of you have mentioned her first novel and I’m looking out for that right now as well as Damian Barr’s memoir Maggie & Me. You can catch Damian on BritMumsTV discussing his writing process with lots of quick, snappy tips, if you are interested in writing memoirs and/or want to know what it felt like to be growing up in Glasgow during Margaret Thatcher’s first term as PM.
I can’t wait to hear what you all thought of The Buddha in the Attic. Post away and remember to add your link to the Linky at the bottom so we can all come visit and continue the discussion.
— Jacqueline Steward
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