Here we are - December 2nd - and I'm already promoting January's book. I just finished it and I'm excited to have you all read it too! Good job, Marcy, at picking out a good book (without even reading it first). And there's an interesing little piece of information about one of the characters that should inspire some good dialouge (you'll know what I'm talking about soon enough).
Anyway, here's the review by Goodreads:
How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
3.75 · rating details · 381 ratings · 137 reviews
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.
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 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, 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.
And if you finish it and can't get enough - here's her website and blog: http://www.margaretdilloway.com/