Monday, March 7, 2011

How to Be an American Housewife, by Margaret Dilloway

How to Be an American HousewifeThis novel is the story of two very different women who have trouble understanding each other. One is a Japanese woman who had married an American and had come to America shortly after World War II, the other is an  American single mother and divorcee who had lived in America her entire life. The reason why they have so much trouble understanding each other is in some ways, because they are mother and daughter.

We begin the story with Shoko, who had never been given the opportunity to do the things she had wanted to do when she was younger--both because she was "only" a girl, and because of the war. After a disastrous relationship and personal tragedy, Shoko marries an American and leaves Japan.