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Another novel from the author of When the Emperor Was Divine

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When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka is a popular choice for college and community reads as well as AP Lit. She writes about the Japanese camps during World War II in that novel and about the so-called “picture brides” in her second one, The Buddha in the Attic. The Swimmers, her third novel, was published earlier this month – and it’s a much more personal story based on her own mother’s dementia. I found it compelling, though its sadness might not be as appealing to high school kids. It’s been featured in a number of publications, including Lit Hub – and here’s an interview I did with Julie a few weeks ago for World Literature Today.