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By Joy Kogawa

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385468862, 320pp.

Publication Date: December 27, 1993


Based on the author's own experiences, this award-winning novel was the first to tell the story of the evacuation, relocation, and dispersal of Canadian citizens of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War.

About the Author
Joy Kogawa was born in Vancouver in 1935. She is a recipient of numerous honorary doctorates as well as national and international awards for her writing. Her books include four volumes of poetry and three novels: Obasan, Itsuka and The Rain Ascends. Joy Kogawa was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986. Recently the City of Vancouver declared November 6th "Joy Kogawa" day. In addition, the Vancouver Opera version of Naomi s Road is in production and will be touring next fall.

Praise For Obasan

"This quiet novel burns in your hand." --Washington Post.