MEET THE AUTHOR Julie Otsuka on When the Emperor Was Divine

February 25, 2003
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A spare, intimate and arrestingly understated gem of a novel, Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine tells one Japanese American family’s story of internment during World War II. Described by Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times as a “crystalline debut novel of mesmerizing power,” the book is a small tour de force, a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times. Ms. Otsuka reads from her book and discusses the inspiration she drew from her own family’s wartime experiences.

Followed by a reception and booksigning.

Tickets: $10, Japan Society members & seniors $8, students $5.

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2003
  • 6:30 pm