Vogue magazine’s Megan O’Grady has included “The Buddha in the Attic” among “The Year’s Ten Best Books.”
“A stunning feat of empathetic imagination and emotional compression, Julie Otsuka’s ‘The Buddha in the Attic’ (Knopf) captures the experience of thousands of Japanese women — some of them as young as 13 — who landed on California shores in the early 1900s, destined for uncertain futures with men they had never met before,” O’Grady wrote.
Otsuka’s novel was a finalist for the National Book Award in the fiction category. The New York-based writer is also the author of “When the Emperor Was Divine.”
An excerpt from “The Buddha in the Attic” appears in the Rafu Shimpo’s 2011 Holiday Issue.
O’Grady’s other top 10 books were “Swamplandia!” by Karen Russell, “Art and Madness” by Anne Roiphe, “The Forgotten Waltz” by Anne Enright, “Blue Nights” by Joan Didion, “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht, “Wendy and the Lost Boys” by Julie Salamon, “Then Again” by Diane Keaton, “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes, and “Catherine the Great” by Robert K. Massie.