Books by Julie Otsuka

THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC by Julie Otsuka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A lovely prose poem that gives a bitter history lesson."
Otsuka, whose first novel (When the Emperor Was Divine, 2003) focused on one specific Japanese-American family's plight during and after internment, takes the broad view in this novella-length consideration of Japanese mail-order brides making a life for themselves in America in the decades before World War II. Read full book review >
WHEN THE EMPEROR WAS DIVINE by Julie Otsuka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Earnestly done, and correctly, but information trumps drama, and the heart is left out."
A carefully researched little novel, Otsuka's first, about the US internment of Japanese citizens during WWII that's perfect down to the tiniest detail but doesn't stir the heart. Read full book review >