Tuesday, August 31, 2010

#129 How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway

In this book Shoko is determined to leave her past behind and realizes the best chance for the life she wants is by marrying an American GI and moving to America.  The book is her story.  It opens with her wanting to get back to Japan to make peace with her brother Taro.

As the book starts your not really sure why Taro disowned her besides his hatred for Americans that begins after World War II.  You learn through the book that there is more to it than meets the eye.  Part of the book is through Shoko's eyes, and the other part is through Sue's eyes who takes the trip to Japan for her mother.  

It was a wonderful story about redemption and forgiveness.  It was heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time.  I really enjoyed it.  It shows humanity.  Shoko was not a perfect person, but she did the best with the circumstances given to her.  She had endured a hard life, partly her own making, but not all.  I guess I tried to put myself in her shoes of coming to another country with an entirely different culture and language.

I would give this one a B. 

1 comment:

  1. I really liked this book as well. Like you say, a little sad.