Obasan is a novel about Naomi Nakane, Canadian schoolteacher of Japanese descent who attempts to remember and reconstruct her childhood during WWII and the oppressive policy of Japanese internment in America. After moving to take care of his uncle's widow, Aya, whom she calls Obasan, Naomi begins to reconstruct her past with the help of letters written by her Aunt Emily. She learns that her mother was injured by the US nuclear attack of Nagasaki, and she begins to rethink her relationship to her past.

Summary of Obasan by Joy Kogawa

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