Obasan by Joy Kogawa

Obasan

byJoy Kogawa

Mass Market Paperback | March 1, 1983

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A powerful and passionate novel, Obasan tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Naomi is a sheltered and beloved five-year-old when Pearl Harbor changes her life. Separated from her mother, she watches bewildered 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 grows up does she return to question the haunting silence.


 

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  JOY KOGAWA was born in Vancouver in 1935 to Japanese- Canadian parents. During WWII,  Joy and her family were forced to move to Slocan, British Columbia, as part of the Canadian government’s policy to relocate and intern Japanese-Canadians. Kogawa is the author of several award-winning novels and volumes of poetry. In 1986, Kogawa ...
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Title:ObasanFormat:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:March 1, 1983Publisher:Penguin Canada

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ISBN - 10:0140067779

ISBN - 13:9780140067774

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During the aftermath of Peal Harbour in the Second World War, Japanese-Canadians were treated like aliens in their own country. Mercilessly and cruelly persecuted, they were surrounded by pain and hardship everywhere. Obasan is a mesmerizing and poignant story of five-year-old Naomi and her protective and dignified aunt Obasan. When Naomi grows up, she returns to her memories of those times and dares to break the silence of that horrible time in Japanese-Canadian history. Obasan won the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Canadian Authors' Association Book of the Year Award.

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