When the Emperor Was Divine

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Publisher's Synopsis

Julie Otsuka's commanding and passionate debut novel explores unfamiliar history - that of Japanese Americans in World War II.

With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination of a generation who find themselves interned in their own country. With each chapter flawlessly executed from a different point of view - the mother; the daughter; the son; the family's return to their home; and the bitter release of their father - she has created a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion.

When The Emperor Was Divine is a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times. It heralds the arrival of a singularly gifted new novelist.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141009056
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 143
Weight: 154g
Height: 199mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 12mm