REVIEW: When the Emperor Was Divine

Three years and five months, that’s how long the family in this story spends in an interment camp. One night, the government comes for the father. He sends them letters that are pulled apart and redacted and they worry. Then they are sent away themselves; mother, daughter and son. They live in the desert in awful and lonely conditions. They miss their life and worry for their future. All because of their ancestry. The fear being sent back to a country the no longer or never knew. They must be careful with every word and action; do nothing to raise suspicion.

The novel is short but packs a powerful punch that shows us how each survives, what they miss and how they forge forward. This piece of history is one of many horrible black marks on our country’s history of bigotry and racism. It’s important to read and be able to understand and empathize with those who were persecuted in these ways. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Thanks to Anchor Books for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.


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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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