West Branch Meeting Room A
Thursday, March 15 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
In author Julie Otsuka's debut novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, a Japanese American family is uprooted from their West coast home and forced into an internment camp in Utah in 1942. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans, "the woman" and her two children, known only as "the girl" and "the boy," are reclassified as enemy agents after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japanese Imperial forces. Told in five parts, the story reflects on the experiences and points of view of each family member both during their internment and after their release.