BlogHer Book Club Review: How To Be An American Housewife
Finally, a piece of fiction! My latest BlogHer Book Club read was How to Be An American Housewife, by Margaret Dilloway. I must admit, after reading a memoir and another nonfiction book, I was ready for a good work of fiction.
This book follows the life of Shoko, a Japanese girl raised during World War II whose parents encouraged her to marry an American soldier and leave the country. The book toggles between the story of Shoko's childhood and Shoko as an old woman, with a grown daughter and teenage granddaughter of her own. The book tackles some heavy subjects, such as the American bombing of Japan and how that impacted Japan-American relations, racism (or maybe more accurately, classism) in other countries (something I hadn't ever really thought about before), the price of family secrets, and the challenges of assimilating into a new culture.