How To Be An American Housewife is a beautiful Japanese/American story of a family who fell out of favour with some relatives in Japan. For forty-years, Taro and his older sister, Shoko did not speak or communicate in any way. Shoko married an American Navyman in Japan and then moved to America with her husband, Craig after the falling out. Shoko had two children: Mike and Sue.
The story is rich with historical information and we visit some places such as: Nagaski, Kumamoto (to see the famous Kumamoto Castle), Peace Park, Uwajiima, Suizenji Jojuen Park, and Kyushu to name a few.
Shoko had planned to go to Japan to find her younger brother, Taro but she became too ill with heart problems to go, so she asked her daughter, Sue to go in her place. Sue and her 12-year-old daughter, Helena flew to Japan to begin their two week journey.
This novel is life affirming, poignant, and proves that no matter the distance we live from someone, or the number of years that we've passed without speaking, there is always room for forgiveness and redemption.
This would be a great book for anyone!
March 13, 2011