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Obasan

Obasan

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by Joy Kogawa
     
 

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This powerful, passionate, and highly acclaimed novel tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Naomi is a sheltered and beloved 5-year-old when Pearl Harbor changes her life.

Separated from her mother, she watches as she and her family become enemy aliens, persecuted and despised in their own land.

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This powerful, passionate, and highly acclaimed novel tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Naomi is a sheltered and beloved 5-year-old when Pearl Harbor changes her life.

Separated from her mother, she watches as she and her family become enemy aliens, persecuted and despised in their own land. Surrounded by hardship and pain, Naomi is protected by the resolute endurance of her aunt, Obasan, and the silence of those around her. Only after Naomi grow up does he return to question that haunting silence.

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"This quiet novel burns in your hand." —Washington Post.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780864923042
Publisher:
Goose Lane Editions
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Between the Covers Classics Series
Edition description:
First edition
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 5.49(h) x 1.35(d)

Meet the Author

Joy Kogawa was born in Vancouver in 1935. Like other Japanese Canadians, she and her family were interned and persecuted during the Second World War. Obasan is based on Kogawa's own experiences and on letters and documents of the time. Kogawa is a member of the Order of Canada and has authored four books of poetry, a book for children, and two other novels. Obasan won the 1981 Books in Canada First Novel Award and the 1982 CAA Book of the Year Award.

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