In this highly acclaimed novel, author Joy Kogawa explores themes of identity, morality, prejudice, memory, versions of reality, language, and communication. Obasan centers on the memories of Naomi Nakane, a schoolteacher living in a rural Canadian town, and her experiences during the Japanese internment in Canada during World War II. Set in 1972, Granton, Alberta, this novel opens with the death of Naomi’s uncle, which leads her to visit her widowed aunt, Obasan. In her brief stay with her aunt, Naomi becomes overwhelmed with memories and revisits painful experiences she endured as a child during and after World War II. Throughout the book Naomi’s narration interweaves stories of the past and the present, mixing experience and recollection, with history and memory. At the core of the novel, readers learn of Naomi’s struggle to come to terms with both past and present confusion and suffering caused by the hardships she faced when she was younger.Despite initial negative reviews, this novel is currently considered a classic of Canadian literature that accounts the evacuation, and relocation of Canadian citizens of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War. A common opinion shared and applauded by critics is the political significance of the book. Based on the author’s own experiences, this novel won the Books in Canada First Novel Award (1981), the Canadian Authors Association Book of the Year Award (1981), the Periodical Distributors Of Canada best paperback fiction award and the One Book One Community Award in Medicine Hat, Alberta and Vancouver. Personal Reflection: What struck me the most about this novel was its interesting take on this moment in Canadian history. Considering the Japanese internment is not very well known outside of Canada, I found the perspective in which this story was written clever, as it effectively forms a connection between the reader and narrator. The novel being historical fiction, it initially did not interest me. However, learning of Kogawa’s unique approach to the telling of this story, I was curious to learn about Naomi’s experience. For this reason, I thought this novel a viable option as it engagingly emphasizes an important period in Canadian history.