Obasan (Paperback)

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I love the balance of this story: Naomi pieces together her earliest childhood memories with her aging grandmother's fractured recollections. The author constructs her prose with amazing care and describes a Canadian countryside rich in symbolism and historical signifigance.

— From Michelle


Winner of the American Book Award

Based on the author's own experiences, this award-winning novel was the first to tell the story of the evacuation, relocation, and dispersal of Canadian citizens of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War.

About the Author

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, an injustice Kogawa addresses in her award-winning novel, Obasan. Kogawa has worked to educate Canadians about the history of Japanese Canadians and she was active in the fight for official governmental redress. 

In 1986, Kogawa was made a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2010, the Japanese government honored her with the Order of the Rising Sun "for her contribution to the understanding and preservation of Japanese Canadian history."

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385468862
ISBN-10: 0385468865
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: December 27th, 1993
Pages: 320
Language: English