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When the Emperor Was Divine

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Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, "When the Emperor Was Divine" is the critically acclaimed debut novel by bestselling writer Julie Otsuka ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500
pamela1717

Simple and emotional

by pamela1717 on Apr 2, 2008

Very stark and removed and I assume that was the intention of the author. I think the starkness serves a large purpose for the story. Many books spend time on character development and story line (not a bad thing), this one doesn't. By omitting these I think the author sets the reader up to imagine ... More

Rubycanary

gorgeous and sad

by Rubycanary on Jan 23, 2008

This is a fantastic depiction of a subject that hasn't been written about nearly enough in contemporary American literature. A family of unknown name, but of Japanese origin, is the example of a common tale. People told to leave their homes to live a life in the desert of Utah. Declared enemies of the ... More

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