The buddha in the attic is a 2011 novel written by american author julie otsuka about japanese picture brides immigrating to america in the early 1900s it is otsukas second novel the novel was published in the united states in august 2011 by the publishing house knopf publishing group. Julie otsuka was born and raised in california she is the author of the novel when the emperor was divine and a recipient of the asian american literary award the american library association alex award and a guggenheim fellowship her second novel the buddha in the attic was nominated for the 2011 national book award. Julie otsukas the buddha in the attic the follow up to when the emperor was divine was shortlisted for the 2011 national book award for fiction and the 2011 los angeles times book prize and winner of the pen faulkner award for fiction 2012 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 . The buddha in the attic julie otsuka the buddha in the attic now available from anchor books julie otsukas long awaited follow up to when the emperor was divine is a tour de force of economy and precision a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought from japan to san francisco as picture brides nearly a century ago
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