Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Reading Recommendation

The Buddha in the Attic
by Julie Otsuka

This deceptively short novel has a great deal of depth between its slim covers. Told in the collective voice, this books reads somewhat like a Greek tragedy. It is the story of six Japanese mail-order brides who arrive in San Francisco in the early twentieth century. While told by all of them at the same time, they all have different stories with similar threads. A novel that is well researched, based on the experiences of immigrants in America, but reads as a lyrical poem.Beautifully written, it will resonate with you long after you finish with it.

If you like it, try:

 The namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

On Gold Mountain by Lisa See

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

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