How to be an American housewife: a novel

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A lively and surprising novel about a Japanese woman with a closely guarded secret, the American daughter who strives to live up to her mother's standards, and the rejuvenating power of forgiveness.
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full_title how to be an american housewife
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A mother-daughter story about the strong pull of tradition, and the lure and cost of breaking free of it.

When Shoko decided to marry an American GI and leave Japan, she had her parents' blessing, her brother's scorn, and a gift from her husband-a book on how to be a proper American housewife.

As she crossed the ocean to America, Shoko also brought with her a secret she would need to keep her entire life...

Half a century later, Shoko's plans to finally return to Japan and reconcile with her brother are derailed by illness. In her place, she sends her grown American daughter, Sue, a divorced single mother whose own life isn't what she hoped for. As Sue takes in Japan, with all its beauty and contradictions, she discovers another side to her mother and returns to America unexpectedly changed and irrevocably touched.

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subject_facet Family secrets -- Fiction, Japanese Americans -- Fiction, Mothers and daughters -- Fiction
title_display How to be an American housewife
title_full How to Be an American Housewife, How to be an American housewife / Margaret Dilloway, How to be an American housewife : a novel / Margaret Dilloway, How to be an American housewife [sound recording] : a novel / Margaret Dilloway
title_short How to be an American housewife
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