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When The Emperor Was Divine

Otsuka, Julie

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ISBN 10: 0375414290 / ISBN 13: 9780375414299
Published by Alfred a Knopf Inc, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2002
Condition: As New Hardcover
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2002,2002 Stated First Edition, First Printing, AS NEW book, ASA NEW clipped jacket, 143 clean tight unmarked pages, lime green speckled boards with dark green spine, gold lettering on the spine, jacket is clipped, blue and green colored jacket with white lettering on the front and spine, a miniature Japanese tree on the front. Bookseller Inventory # 001105

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Title: When The Emperor Was Divine

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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A precise, understated gem of a first novel, Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine tells one Japanese American family's story of internment in a Utah enemy alien camp during World War II. We never learn the names of the young boy and girl who were forced to leave their Berkeley home in 1942 and spend over three years in a dusty, barren desert camp with their mother. Occasional, heavily censored letters arrive from their father, who had been taken from their house in his slippers by the FBI one night and was being held in New Mexico, his fate uncertain. But even after the war, when they have been reunited and are putting their stripped, vandalized house back together, the family can never regain its pre-war happiness. Broken by circumstance and prejudice, they will continue to pay, in large and small ways, for the shape of their eyes. When the Emperor Was Divine is written in deceptively tranquil prose, a distillation of injustice, anger, and poetry; a notable debut. --Regina Marler

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