A Japanese Luncheon Adventure with Margaret Dilloway
About the Book and Author
How to be an American Housewife had its origins in the story of Dilloway's own mother, a Japanese war bride who died when the author was just twenty, leaving behind few details of the family, culture, and experiences that had shaped her. Dilloway was inspired by an actual book from the 1940's called The American Way of Housekeeping, which her father gave to her mother early in their real-life marriage, and which the author found among her mother's possessions after her death. The fictional result of that discovery tells the story of a Japanese woman who marries an American soldier at the end of World War II, her thorny relationship with her American daughter, and the trip to contemporary Japan that changes both of their lives in dramatic and unexpected ways.