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Eclectic Book Club: When the Emperor Was Divine

This heartbreaking, bracingly unsentimental debut describes in poetic detail the travails of a Japanese family living in an internment camp during World War II, raising the specter of wartime injustice in bone-chilling fashion. After a woman whose husband was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy sees notices posted around her neighborhood in Berkeley instructing Japanese residents to evacuate, she moves with her son and daughter to an internment camp, abruptly severing her ties with her community. The next three years are spent in filthy, cramped and impersonal lodgings as the family is shuttled from one camp to another. They return to Berkeley after the war to a home that has been ravaged by vandals; it takes time for them to adjust to life outside the camps and to come to terms with the hostility they face.

Book Club Info
Title: 
When the Emperor Was Divine
Author: 
Otsuka
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http://content.sirsi.net/uhtbin/getenrich/0375414290/COVER_GIF
ISBN: 
0375414290
Event Info
Date: 
Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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