Thalia Book Club: "The Buddha in the Attic" at Symphony Space
212-864-5400 www.symphonyspace.org $25; $15 for those younger than 30
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Julie Otsuka, the 2011 National Book Award-nominated author of "When the Emperor Was Divine," discusses her spellbinding new novel about a group of Japanese picture brides who come to America in the early 1900s. Otsuka is joined by performer and essayist David Rakoff ("Fraud," "Half Empty"). The book traces the women's lives from their boat journey on which they imagine their husbands and concludes with their "disappearance" in World War II. Like Otsuka's first book, "The Buddha in the Attic" is about identity and what it means to be "other" in uncertain times.
Venue Description: Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Symphony Space offers a wide range of performing arts events ranging for literary and comedic talks to live opera and classical performances. They offer many popular series, including the Thalia Book & Film Clubs, Just Kidding, Selected Shorts, Uptown Showdown, and more.