Julie Otsuka's Novel The Buddha in the Attic

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Julie Otsuka talks about her new novel, The Buddha in the Attic . It tells the story of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. She traces their extraordinary lives from journey by boat to San Francisco, to their tremulous first nights as new wives. Once they arrive in this country, they struggle to master a new language and adapt to a new culture, and it looks at their challenges as mothers raising children, who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history.

Hear Jane Kaczmarek reading from The Buddha in the Attic on WNYC's Selected Shorts


Julie Otsuka

Comments [3]

Liz from Wisconsin

I am trying to access the Otsuka interview today (4-29-14) and it is instead an interview about 9/11. Where did the other one go?

Apr. 29 2014 02:09 PM
bonnie fogel from NYC

If this novel is half as wonderful as Ms. Otsuka's first one(When The Emperor Was Divine) it will be unmissable! I have already ordered it

Sep. 07 2011 08:52 PM
Sheree from Manhattan

I missed a good bit of this interview. I look forward to hearing the whole thing later on. Ms. Otsuka's new novel sounds wonderful. Others interested in this topic might enjoy a really beautiful 1994 film "Picture Bride" about a young woman who comes from Japan in 1918 to the cane fields in Hawaii.

Sep. 07 2011 01:28 PM

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