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Why She Left Us [Reading] ➶ Why She Left Us Author Rahna Reiko Rizzuto – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The story of three generations of a Japanese American family whose lives are tragically affected by the Second World War when they are interned in camps in the American WestWhy She Left Us revolves ar The story of three generations of a Japanese American family whose lives are tragically affected by the Second World War when they are interned in camps in the American WestWhy She Left Us revolves around an intriguing mystery a Japanese American woman's abandonment of her illegitimate Why She Kindle - child during World War II Rahna Reiko Rizzuto reveals the reason for her act and its effect on four generations of her family in a series of alternating narratives A son daughter mother and brother all chime in and the author's sophisticated interweaving of their tales is what gives this debut novel much of its powerRizzuto's book includes its share of violent and disturbing incidents A daughter helps her mother give birth on the floor of a shack; a son accompanies his senile grandfather to the toilet; a brother delivers a swift kick to his pregnant sister's belly Yet Why She Left Us never relies on mere sensationalism For one thing the author's prose is strong and vivid and she's particularly good at evoking the passage of time My life doesn't come to me in any order notes one character Moments flip flop overlap sometimes they come only in splinters This isn't it should be said a big canvas portrait of wartime life But Rizzuto has produced a minute and successful investigation of the moments that define what a family isThat leaves the initial mystery To her credit Rizzuto doesn't come up with a pat solution instead she offers up a collage of perceptions which fuse into a kind of answer as the story progresses In other words this is the latest addition to a growing canon of diplomatic Rashomon like novels Why She Left Us is a true study in perspectives and a kaleidoscopic lesson about the nature of memory and forgiveness Rucker Alex com Review.

About the Author: Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto's third book Shadow Child will be published by Grand Central in May Her memoir Hiroshima in the Morning was selected as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Asian American Literary Award and named the winner of the Why She Kindle - Grub Street National Book Prize She is also the author of the novel Why She Left Us which won an American Book Award in .

10 thoughts on “Why She Left Us

  1. Darleen Darleen says:

    Not an easy read but certainly worth it to explore the complexity of three generations of a Japanese family in the US during the 20th century The chapters jump in time and across generations to tell the story of this family This writing strategy makes it difficult to follow as a coherent linear story which is precisely why the author does it This is a complex family and there is no singular linear story lineSome scenes are painful such as the scenes of domestic abuse Some scenes are heartbreaking such as the opening scene of abandonment And some scenes are unforgettable such as the scene at the latrines in the internment camp at Santa Anita Race trackThis is an important novel I think And brace yourself before you take it on

  2. April Luxner April Luxner says:

    Wow this book was SLOW and boring I can't believe I finished it

  3. Jenni Bader Jenni Bader says:

    A friend loaned me this book because I am interested in the experience of Japanese Americans during World War II especially in the internment camps While the parts of this book that dealt with the camps and their aftermath were interesting the dysfunction of the family began well before the camps or the war Although the treatment they suffered both in and out of the camps surely would have exacerbated the individual frustrations and overall family dynamics the abuse separation and estrangement no doubt would have occurred without pressures from the outside in the case of this fictional family Additionally the way the chapters and sections within the chapters flashed back and forth in time and between character perspectives was not done as well as in other books I've read and was at times disorienting

  4. T T says:

    Following three generations of a Japanese family from the internment camps to present day the lives of the generations repeat themselves with pain abuse births losses sorrow anger and loveThe story flips from character to character past to present There's a helpful family tree at the beginning and with all the twists and turns and maybe a lack of attention on my part I felt myself stopping to find the current character's position in the family Given the other generational Asian tales I've read of late this didn't hold my interest and didn't flow as well as others no emotional attachment to the characters grew from the evolving tale

  5. Kernan Parrot Kernan Parrot says:

    This was a re read for me How people can separate after tragedy and how generations are effected The characters are all a bit lost and clouded in secrecy

  6. Danielle Danielle says:

    I really enjoyed this novelThe writing was gripping and flowed well across time and perspectives

  7. Joleen Joleen says:

    More like a 25 Stars Wasn't bad just wasn't for me very slow in the beginning slightly confusing until you start reading from different point of views even then the voices start to blend together

  8. Catherine Catherine says:

    I don't think I've read a book in which every member of a family is so completely unhappy since A Thousand Acres This if it's possible is even dire everyone is broken or tyrannical or trapped and there is precious little human kindness anywhere in the book It's very well written there are some beautiful turns of phrase but I can't give it than two stars simply because it's so unremittingly bleakI did enjoy the premise of the story watching the ramifications of internment spin out through three generations of one Japanese American family and a large part of the book exists in the conflict between traditional Japanese culture and the pressures of living in the United States Since the book hinges on such a godawful moment in time it's perhaps unsurprising that it unfolds to be a story of one tragedy of the everyday kind after another but man I am drained

  9. Ming Ming says:

    a bracing story of a Japanese AMERICAN family one that looks clear eyed at the experience of internment and racismand surviving thatThe written is strong and in many parts beautiful The family violence and neglectabuse are disturbing but perhaps acceptable during that era and perhaps understandable during the stress and distress the family endures Stillthese bitter elements do reflect the context and depict a certain honesty unrestrained and difficultThere is no clean resolution as life is messyI think this book is a gem I'm surprised it doesn't receive attention Well it's May and that's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the USA and this book is certainly a worthwhile example of an American story as shameful as this era was in its war hysteria and racism and that shame occurred again with 911

  10. Molly Molly says:

    Japanese Internment Camps hardly merited a paragraph in my high school history class but this book describes the hardscrabble life of a family of Japanese immigrants battling with culture shock menial labour gender roles and confusing Asian names that took a tired me a few chapters The vivid scene of the grandmother given birth was so wrenching as to probably turn me off from ever breedingFor anyone who likes analyzing and dissecting relationships Reiko Rizzuto cast light on the inner resentmentsguilt and observations of her characters without beating anything over the head too much I cannot remember reading much if anything about Japanese American literature so thank you Nancy Pearl for recommending this book in BookLust

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