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How to Be an American Housewife

About the Book

How to Be an American Housewife

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 aspired to be a proper American housewife; 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 to be reunited with her brother, 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.

How to Be an American Housewife
by Margaret Dilloway

  • Publication Date: August 5, 2010
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult
  • ISBN-10: 0399156372
  • ISBN-13: 9780399156373