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When the Emperor Was Divine

When the Emperor Was Divine

by Julie Otsuka

Mostly though, they waited. For the mail. For the news. For the bells. For breakfast and lunch and dinner. For one day to be over and the next day to begin.

Julie Otsuka. Copyright Robert Bessoir.

Maureen Howard is an award-winning writer, editor, and lecturer whose work has received the National Book Critics Award.

Gary Okihiro is an author, scholar, and a professor of international and public affairs. He is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University.

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