This month we're reading The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. It's the 2013 Selection of One Book One Philadelphia.
"A gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war. Once again, Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times."
Since it's Chinese New Year this month, we're returning to Han Dynasty for this meetup. And come out for a free reading by the author in March: http://www.meetup.com/manayunk/events/98772462/
Finally, please send me suggestions for future books. Happy reading!