Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
How to Be an American Housewife is a novel about mothers and daughters, and the pull of tradition. It tells the story of Shoko, a Japanese woman who married an American GI, and her grown daughter, Sue, a divorced mother whose life as an American housewife hasn't been what she'd expected. When illness prevents Shoko from traveling to Japan, she asks Sue to go in her place. The trip reveals family secrets that change their lives in dramatic and unforeseen ways. Offering an entertaining glimpse into American and Japanese family lives and their potent aspirations, this is a warm and engaging novel full of unexpected insight.
This insomniac's opinion:
This is one of my favorite novels that I've read so far this year. It is uniquely written and full of characters that are very well fleshed-out.
Shoko can be unlikeable at times, by the reader is quickly endeared to her when learning of her life story. Her transition to America is very hard, as is her separation from her family back in Japan. In fact, she never really seems to acclimate to our country and is never accepted, even in old age, as one of us.
A very realistic and well-written novel and I encourage everyone, especially women, to read it.
Worth staying up all night to read?