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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">RG Media Type</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">books</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Private Life</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Creators</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Jane Smiley</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Theme</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Facing reality; Identity crisis; Female roles; Disillusionment and dreams</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Genre</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Historical Fiction</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Availability</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Available</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Has Teaching Aids?</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">No</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Geography</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Missouri; California</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Chronology</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1883-1942</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Facility</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Tanforan [15]</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Private Life;\nCreators:Jane Smiley;\nInterestLevel:;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Facing reality; Identity crisis; Female roles; Disillusionment and dreams;\nGenre:Historical Fiction;\nPoV:;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Available;\nFreeWebVersion:;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Missouri; California;\nChronology:1883-1942;\nFacility:Tanforan [15];\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Private Life</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Jane Smiley</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Knopf</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2010</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">317</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">WorldCat Link</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Private Life;\nAuthor:Jane Smiley;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Knopf;\nPubDate:2010;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:317;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>A middle-aged white woman recounts her friendship with a Japanese American family she first meets through personal tragedy; the injustice they experience, partly as a result of her own husband, leads her to a personal awakening.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toc\" id=\"toc\"><div id=\"toctitle\"><h2>Contents</h2></div>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-1\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Synopsis\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">1</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Synopsis</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-2\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Author_Background\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">2</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Author Background</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-3\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Historical_Accuracy\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">3</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Historical Accuracy</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-4\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Response\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">4</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Response</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-5\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Reviews\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">5</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Reviews</span></a></li>\n</ul>\n</div>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"Synopsis\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Synopsis\">Synopsis</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>In a frantic prologue, protagonist Margaret and her friend Pete visit the Tanforan Racetracks, now transformed into an \"<a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Assembly_centers\" title=\"Assembly centers\">assembly center</a>,\" to visit friends Kiku Kimura and her daughter Naoko, who have been missing since Pearl Harbor was attacked. The older woman is dying from pneumonia she contracted in one of several prisons they were incarcerated in before arriving at <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Tanforan_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Tanforan (detention facility)\">Tanforan</a>. Margaret and Pete are relieved to see them, but heartbroken to see the conditions they are forced to live in. \n</p><p>The book shifts in time to 1886 Missouri, when Margaret was a young child, and recounts her childhood—punctuated by a series of family tragedies—and her first coincidental encounter with Andrew, the man she would later marry. When they are finally married, they move to Mare Island Naval Station near Vallejo, California, across the bay from San Francisco. She first meets the Kimura family at the boardinghouse where she stays briefly to give birth to her child (who only survives for a few weeks). Naoko, the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a> daughter of the family, works for the boardinghouse, and her mother, Kiku, is a midwife. Over the subsequent decades, Margaret crosses paths with the Kimuras on numerous occasions, and becomes an admirer of Mr. Kimura's powerful paintings. \n</p><p>After the Japanese imperial army's brutal attack of Nanjing (often called the rape of Nanking), Margaret's husband, who is prone to paranoid delusions already, begins searching for evidence of a grander Japanese conspiracy of war, and homes in on the Kimuras as likely spies. He writes lengthy reports and submits them to the Navy and President Roosevelt. Margaret finds this offensive but pathetic. When Pearl Harbor is attacked and she is not able to reach the Kimuras, however, and she learns from their neighbors that they were arrested, she fears her husband's interference has harmed her friends. Soon after she and Pete visit the Kimuras, Kiku dies from pneumonia, and she hears from Naoko that she and friends are being transferred to a camp in Arizona. As the novel concludes, finally fed up with a husband who has frustrated and suffocated her for years, Margaret decides to write a book about her experiences. \n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Author_Background\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Author_Background\">Author Background</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Jane Smiley has authored both fiction and nonfiction, and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for her novel, <i>A Thousand Acres</i>. In 2001 she was named to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. \n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Historical_Accuracy\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Historical_Accuracy\">Historical Accuracy</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>The novel begins with Margaret and Pete finally discovering Kiku and Naoko, whose whereabouts were unknown after Pearl Harbor when they were arrested and taken away. In the days following the attack on Pearl Harbor over 5,500 Japanese Americans were arrested and detained, but only a handful were women. While this scenario is not impossible, it is highly improbable. \n</p><p>Pete mentions hearing of a Japanese American businessman who was arrested who was a member of the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Japanese_American_Citizens_League\" title=\"Japanese American Citizens League\">Japanese American Citizens League</a> (JACL) and had purchased land in his son's name. The fact that he had purchased land in his son's name strongly suggests he was an <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Issei\" title=\"Issei\">Issei</a>; following the passage of a series of <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Alien_land_laws\" title=\"Alien land laws\">Alien Land Laws</a>, \"aliens ineligible for citizenship\" would try to circumvent these discriminatory laws by buying property and land in the name of their US citizen children. Thus it is improbable that this businessman was a member of the JACL, which was limited to U.S. citizens.  \n</p><p>Mrs Wareham tells Margaret that Lester, the Kimuras' son, was arrested for illegal gambling right after Pearl Harbor because the sheriffs were arresting as many young men as they could on whatever charges they could exploit. With the exception of the immigrant male leaders who were on the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Custodial_detention_/_A-B-C_list\" title=\"Custodial detention / A-B-C list\">FBI/ABC lists</a> and rounded up in the days following Pearl Harbor, other men—including American-born U.S. citizenship-holding Nisei—were not arrested in this way. The government created guidelines for the general control of the Japanese American population on the West Coast and did not charge individuals with specific crimes. \n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Response\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Response\">Response</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p><i>Private Life</i> was very well received, with mostly positive reviews in major outlets. The reviews focused more on Margaret and her marriage, and only tangentially mention the place of the Kimuras in the novel's key moments. \n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Emily_Anderson\" title=\"Emily Anderson\">Emily Anderson</a></b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Anderson, Emily</div>\n<p>Might also like: <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Southland_(book)\" title=\"Southland (book)\">Southland</a></i> by Nina Revoyr; <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Snow_Falling_on_Cedars_(book)\" title=\"Snow Falling on Cedars (book)\">Snow Falling on Cedars</a></i> by David Guterson; <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/When_the_Emperor_Was_Divine_(book)\" title=\"When the Emperor Was Divine (book)\">When the Emperor Was Divine</a></i> by Julie Otsuka\n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Reviews\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">Reviews</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Arana, Marie. <i><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">Washington Post</a></i>, May 11, 2010.\n</p><p>Birkets, Sven. <i><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">An Oblique Life.</a></i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i>, May 14, 2010.\n</p><p>Bradbury, Lorna. <i><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">Daily Telegraph</a></i>, May 14, 2010.\n</p><p>Ciabattari, Jane. \"<a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">Smiley's 'Life': The Demands of a Loveless Marriage.</a>\" National Public Radio, May 19, 2010.\n</p><p>Clark, Alex. \"When the Warmth Falls Away: Jane Smiley's Refined Realism.\" <i>Times Literary Suppliment</i>, Apr. 30, 2010, 19.\n</p><p>Courteau, Sarah. <i><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">Chicago Tribune</a></i>.\n</p><p>Eder, Richard. \"<a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">Misery's Company in Jane Smiley's Latest, 'Private Life.'</a>\" <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, May 9, 2010.\n</p><p>Kakutani, Michiko. \"<a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">An Old Maid Meets a Scientist. No Sparks Fly.</a>\" <i>New York Times</i>, May 24, 2010.\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.112 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.114 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 317/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2075/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 5327/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 760/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 3/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:2130-0!*!0!!en!5!* and timestamp 20180309151249 and revision id 28197\n -->\n</div></div><div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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