Japanese works of fiction (translated works)
When the Emperor Was Divine...This book was both difficult to read and a pleasure! It covers a time frame of the Japanese internment camps from the viewpoints of four nameless family members. The mom, the dad, the girl, and the boy. They almost lost me in the beginning at the White Dog story but I am glad I stayed with it! Perseverance, resignation, ostracisation, misperceptions, assumptions and prejudice. This book should be required reading!
International Bestseller Winner of the Best Japanese Crime Fiction of the Year Award “Already a bestseller in Japan and the U.K., this cinematic crime novel suffused with fascinating cultural details follows a police department reinvestigating a chilling kidnapping that stumped them 14 years earlier.” --Entertainment Weekly, The Must List THE NIGHTMARE NO PARENT COULD ENDURE. THE CASE NO DETECTIVE COULD SOLVE. THE TWIST NO READER COULD PREDICT. For five days, the parents of a seven-year-old ...
Brief but beautifully written - Otsuka's poem-like novel follows the experience of Japanese women sent to the US as picture brides from the start of their deceptive marriages up to their internment during World War II. Otsuka writes as a collective of voices, which gives the novel a haunting quality and makes the narrative stand out as vivid snapshots in time.