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The Buddha In The Attic by Julie Otsuka 

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Between the wars a group of young, non-English-speaking Japanese women travelled by boat to America. They were picture brides, clutching ‘photos of husbands-to-be whom they had yet to meet. Julie Otsuka tells their extraordinary, heartrending story in this spellbinding  and poetic ac-count of strangers lost and alone in a new and deeply foreign land.