Picture Bride

Picture Bride Review

Carrying a photograph of the man she is to marry but has yet to meet, young Hana Omiya arrives in San Francisco, California, in 1917, one of several hundred Japanese "picture brides" whose arranged marriages brought them to America in the early 1900s. Her story is intertwined with others: her husband, Taro Takeda, an Oakland shopkeeper; Kiku and her husband Henry, who reject demeaning city work to become farmers; Dr. Kaneda, a respected community leader who is destroyed by the adopted land he loves. All are caught up in the cruel turmoil of World War II, when West Coast Japanese Americans are uprooted from their homes and imprisoned in desert detention camps. Although tragedy strikes each of them, the same spirit and strength that brought her to America enable Hana to survive.

Title:Picture Bride
Edition Language:English

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    Picture Bride Reviews

  • Judy

    I read some of the negative reviews of this book and I wonder if the reason for the negative reviews is just that the reviewers aren't Japanese. It seems that their criticisms are mainly based on the ...

  • Emily

    Okay, so I read this book for a paper, thinking it can't be that bad... I had low expectations and just hoped to get through it... The book is crap... it starts out okay, but about 50 pages in I reali...

  • D.

    I kinda wanted to give this two stars because I think the subject matter could be interesting, BUT (HUGE HUGE HUGE BUT) this is one of the most poorly written novels I have read in a long time. It was...

  • Amy Thao

    The book I’m reading is call Picture Bride and the novel by Yoshiko Uchida. In this book it tells a story of Hana, a Japanese young woman who comes to the United States California, San Francisco to ...

  • PaNhia Chang

    Picture Bride by Yoshiko Uchida. Twenty one year old Hana Omiya, a Japanese women who went to the Untied States as a picture bride. She is heading towards Taro Takeda, whom she promised to marry even ...

  • Mancy Yang

    What would you do if you married someone you have never met and someone who is so far away? Hana is a Japanese girl who travel by herself all the way to America just to marry a man she never met befor...

  • Kim

    I really enjoyed this novel. It tells the story of Hana, a Japanese woman who comes to the United States to marry Taro, a man she has never met in person. They have only exchanged photographs (hence t...

  • Elaine

    Uchida's tender novel about a young Japanese picture bride who travels alone across the Pacific to marry a man she has never met in 1920 reveals how powerful fiction can be. She told a similar story -...

  • Ashley

    Read this for book club, finished it in time, but I was feeling icky so I didn't go.I was actually pretty disappointed in this book. There is so much she could have done with this book, so much materi...

  • DaNette

    I enjoyed this novel about a young Japenese picture bride coming to San Fransico to marry a man she has never met. The story tells about the sacrifices of the Japenese-Americans specifically during WW...