The novel The Buddha in the Attic deals with an unknown subject. In the early twentieth century, Japanese girls and women immigrated from Japan to San Francisco as « picture brides », to get marry to Japanese men they had never met. The trauma of the trip was followed by disillusion even if these new husbands were the women’s only link to their homeland.
A choir of women united in the same destiny. A simple and clear writing, and an original narrative way that takes the reader. On the boat, some of these women exchanged photographs of their new husbands, imagined uncertain futures in an unknown land, some of them left their native country and their family hoping to get a better life, some of them were not even fourteen years old and were still virgin … How to not wish to read this book?
The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka – Published by Knopf 2011