The Buddha in the Attic is a novel that reads like a memoir of a thousand voices. Julie Otsuka’s writing is unique and lyrical, and the book is a treasure of souls. One that I couldn’t put down. When I came to the end of it, I wasn’t ready to let these Japanese mail-order brides and their families go. I realized there are Buddhas in many an attic waiting to be found. This is a hauntingly beautiful story made even more moving as the women appeared to be at once one and all. The universality and perseverance of women who are undervalued and the lessons on the female spirit are moving.
The Story Woman highly recommends this book. It makes a beautiful gift.
It may inspire you to become a TellTale Soul and write about a woman you know – as in the Mother Mother, where women are at once one and all.