May meeting

The book: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
The dinner: Comfort food

Pictures from the meeting:

Buddha minus Marilyn 014-05-30a  nicer buddha in attic 5_30_14a

Some quotes from the book:

Women are weak, but mothers are strong.”

“We forgot about Buddha. We forgot about God. We developed a coldness inside us that still has not thawed. I fear my soul has died. We stopped writing home to our mothers. We lost weight and grew thin. We stopped bleeding. We stopped dreaming. We stopped wanting?

Iyo left with an alarm clock ringing from somewhere deep inside her suitcase but did not stop to turn it off. Kimiko left her purse behind on the kitchen table but would not remember until it was too late. Haruko left a tiny laughing brass Buddha up high, in a corner of the attic, where he is still laughing to this day.”

Every evening, at dusk, we began burning our things: old bank statements and diaries, Buddhist family altars, wooden chopsticks, paper lanterns, photographs of our unsmiling relatives back home in the village in their strange country clothes.”




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1 Response to May meeting

  1. sarahmay55 says:

    Here it is! The place I get to talk. The book is staying with me, and I keep thinking about the reference in the book to the title. Any of you get that far? After the Japanese leave, the narrator mentions a Buddha left in the darkest corner of an attic for years and years–and he is still laughing.


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