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Jamie Ford's debut novel is a moving look back at a shameful episode in American history, when Japanese immigrants were interned in camps during World War II. The time structure of the book is split, covering Henry Lee's life in 1986, as a retired widower, and his memory of the war years, when his best friend Keiko and her family were held in the camps near Seattle. Ford provides a moving, insightful history into the camp experience, and reveals how the repercussions of this discriminatory practice caused personal and societal rifts that were never healed. At its heart, this is a tale of fathers and sons, as Henry struggles to reconcile his memories of his own father's support of the camps and his relationship with his rebellious son, Marty.
When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered in Seattle, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.
Number of Pages: 301
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Family + Friendship, General, Human Qualities + Behavior, War + Military, Peoples + Cultures, Conflicts + Dualities
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Author: Jamie Ford
Street Date: October 6, 2009
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-4287
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