The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

About the book

Between the first and second world wars a group of young, non-English-speaking Japanese women travelled by boat to America. They were picture brides, clutching photos of husbands-to-be whom they had yet to meet. Julie Otsuka tells their extraordinary, heartbreaking story in this spellbinding and poetic account of strangers lost and alone in a new and deeply foreign land.


Reviewed by CC Readers

All admired the writing and the unusual style gradually grows on the reader. Most liked it very much, others found it too much like a ‘list’ rather than a narrative but they all felt they had learnt a great deal about the history of the people and the period. It created great discussion”

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