“I enjoyed it. It gave you an insight into Japanese culture in relationship to Amerian culture right after World War II & now.”Mikie wrote this review Thursday, March 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“japanese wife comes over and tries to fit in as an american
daughter and grandaughter go over to Japan to mend ties with
“How to Be An American Housewife is a beautiful Japanese/American story of a family who fell out of favour with some relatives in Japan. For forty-years Taro, and his older sister, Shoko did not speak to each other or communicate in any way. Shoko married an American Navy man in Japan and then moved to America with her husband, Craig after the falling out. Shoko had two children: Mike and Sue.
The story is rich with historical information and we visit places such as: Nagasaki, Kumamoto (to see the famous Kumamoto Castle), Peace Park, Uwajiima, Suizenji Jojuen Park, and Kyushu to name a few.
Now in her sixties, Shoko had planned to go to Japan to find her younger brother, Taro but she became too ill with heart problems to go, so she asked her daughter Sue to go in her place. Sue and her twelve-year-old daughter, Helena flew to Japan and began their two week search for her Uncle Taro.
This novel is life affirming, poignant, and proves that no matter the distance we live from someone, or the number of years that have passed without speaking, there is always room for forgiveness and redemption.
“This was a good light read; very interesting information about the Japanese way of life during WWII”Angela E wrote this review Wednesday, March 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting story. I could agree on few things on Sokko's account but it wasn't a very inspiring story.”Lauren L wrote this review Monday, February 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent story.”Northfield Librarian wrote this review Monday, February 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A Japenese woman marries a military man to escape her life in Japan. Tells of her slife and how she tried hard to assiimilate into the American culture. ”Becky H wrote this review Wednesday, February 9, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Light reading, but enjoyable.”Christine wrote this review Tuesday, February 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No