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April 10, 2014 Meetup: When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

When the Emperor was Divine is a historical fiction novel written by American author Julie Otsuka about a Japanese American family sent to an internment camp in the Utah desert during World War II.  The novel is written through the perspective of four family members, detailing their experiences about relocation and their time in the internment camps.

 Sylvia Santiago of Herizons Magazine described Otsuka's writing style as "scrupulously unsentimental", thus "creating a contrast to the sensitive subject matter". 

O: The Oprah Magazine said the novel was "a meditation on what it means to be loyal to one's country and to one's self, and on the cost and the necessity of remaining brave and human".


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  • Ron

    We should be able to get the table at the end of the hall next time, which cuts down on noise.

    April 13, 2014

  • Shirah E.

    As always, there was a nice group of readers present. The Rathskeller was really noisy this time, however. It was hard to be heard.

    April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! This may sound dumb but I am not sure how these clubs work. Do I go to The Rathskeller on[masked] to discuss the book?

    April 5, 2014

    • Ron

      Yes, we do use the book at that time. See our website for other details.

      April 5, 2014

    • Ron

      That response should've been that we discuss the book at that time.

      April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    New at this....see how it goes.

    March 23, 2014

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  • Ron
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