The Buddha in the Attic describes tales of Japanese mail order brides, who sailed to America at the start of last century. The reader is treated to their innermost thoughts on the journey, meeting their husbands, childbirth, work, raising children in a strange land and, finally, their deportation to interment camps during World War II. The beauty of this book is that each chapter is composed of the thoughts of many women. There are no named characters, no plotlines...what we get instead is a steady flow of different thoughts. Otsuka did some magnificent research for this book and she captured perfectly the lives of these women.