The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
My rating: 3.6 of 5 stars
This starts in the 1920's with the Japanese women getting on boats as 'picture brides' enroute to their promised husbands in San Francisco and covers their journey until WWII when they are sent off to internment camps. The unique narration is told in the first person plural - from the viewpoint of multiple women. This means you just have to let yourself go with the flow of the book which quick immerses you and helps you to understand the multiple viewpoints that went towards making up how "the Japanese" felt. While interesting, it also means there are no characters to get to know or feel attached to and no specific story line.