Sarah Bird authors brilliant, introspective novels of bittersweet reminiscence tempered with humor. The Yokota Officers Club is a tale both courageous and touching - a journey of the heart that speaks volumes of the transient, isolated lifestyle of military families. Having grown up at the Yokota Air Base in Japan, and having moved six times in the last eight years, Bernadette "Bernie" Root and her five siblings are quintessential military brats. It’s 1968, and 18-year-old Bernie is returning to the regimented life at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa after her first year away at college. Although her attitudes toward the military have changed, Bernie is beginning to realize the intense bonds she shares with her unusual family.
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"Stories nestle inside stories like a set of Russian dolls in Bird's wonderful fifth novel....Bird has David Sedaris's gift for mining scathing wit from family dysfunction." (Publishers Weekly)
Couldn't get down with the narrator. Incorrect pronunciation of places where the characters lived just doesn't sit right with me. As I am half Japanese some of this feeling comes from bias and a much higher expectation for correctnes, but overall I just couldn't connect with her. The voices just didn't seem to fit. Love the story.
Love W.E.B. Griffin! Love the Wicked series. Love historical "sagas" and descriptive word pictures that put me in the time and place. Love listening on my long commute every day. Audible has made commuting tolerable!
I liked the author's clear understanding of a very unique life and culture; however, her writing assumed all her readers would have the experience to understand the lifestyle. I think she missed an opportunity to be even more descriptive.
I wanted more!! What happens next. What about the other characters - LaRue, etc.
Yes. I actually think it would make a good movie because what's missing in descriptions in the book could be better portrayed in a movie.
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