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When the Emperor Was Divine is Julie Otsuka’s 2003 debut novel.  It follows a Japanese-American family as they leave their California home to go to an internment camp in Utah.

This book has been chosen for Attleboro’s annual city-wide read. Help us celebrate this new classic by reading the novel, participating in one of our upcoming events, and joining in the conversation about the book and about the cultural and historical issues it raises.


This series would not be possible without:

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This program is supported by the Attleboro Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency


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