Equity and Social Justice Book Group
“When the Emperor was Divine” a novel by Julie Otsuka
In this lean and devastatingly evocative first novel, Julie Otsuka tells their story from five flawlessly realized points of view and conveys the exact emotional texture of their experience: the thin-walled barracks and barbed-wire fences, the omnipresent fear and loneliness, the unheralded feats of heroism. Set in 1942, this novel tells of the story of Japanese Americans reclassified, virtually overnight, as enemy aliens who are uprooted from their homes and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert. When the Emperor Was Divine is a work of enormous power that makes a shameful episode of our history as immediate as today's headlines.
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