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My Goodreads Review: When the Emperor Was Divine

When the Emperor Was DivineWhen the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There aren’t a ton of books out there that deal with the tough topic of the Japanese-American Internment camps during World War II. This is a wonderful novel that uses the story of a family to highlight the injustice that occurred to those families who were affected. For no real good reason, a mom and her children are separated from their husband and father, uprooted from their home, and sent to a camp with no provisions being made to keep their things safe. When they return after the war, they discover their home was used for inappropriate things and their life is never as happy and carefree as it once was.

If you aren’t familiar with the Japanese-American internment camps, this is a great book to introduce you to the atrocities that occurred. It’s very well-written, and does a great job of helping you imagine what it might have been like if you had been one of those families taken away.

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