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How to Be an American Housewife
by Margaret Dilloway

Published: 2010-08-05
Hardcover : 288 pages
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A lively and surprising novel about a Japanese woman with a closely guarded secret, the American daughter who strives to live up to her mother's standards, and the rejuvenating power of forgiveness. How to Be an American Housewife is a novel about mothers and daughters, and the pull of t...
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(A lively and surprising novel about a Japanese woman with a closely guarded secret, the American daughter who strives to live up to her mother's standards, and the rejuvenating power of forgiveness.

How to Be an American Housewife is a novel about mothers and daughters, and the pull of tradition. It tells the story of Shoko, a Japanese woman who married an American GI, and her grown daughter, Sue, a divorced mother whose life as an American housewife hasn't been what she'd expected. When illness prevents Shoko from traveling to Japan, she asks Sue to go in her place. The trip reveals family secrets that change their lives in dramatic and unforeseen ways. Offering an entertaining glimpse into American and Japanese family lives and their potent aspirations, this is a warm and engaging novel full of unexpected insight.

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  "Great book!"by LisaMarieM (see profile) 06/07/13

This book was an easy read. It focused on the transition/challenges of a Japanese woman moving to the United States after World War II. It also went into the complex relationship between her daughter.... (read more)

 
  "Sweet Story"by FriendshipSisters (see profile) 08/31/10

Great relational example of how one feels and how another interprets the the same event.

 
  "How to Be an American Housewife"by brenee1973 (see profile) 07/15/10

I loved this book. A very charming, intriguing and uplifting story. Narrated by a Japanese war-bride and her grown daughter, we read of the struggles both have lived through and the love they have for... (read more)

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