Author(s): Julie Otsuka
It is four months after Pearl Harbour and overnight signs appear all over the United States instructing Japanese Americans to report to internment camps for the duration of the war. For one family it proves to be a nightmare of oppression and alienation. Told from different points of view ? the mother receiving the order to evacuate; the daughter on the long train journey; the son in the desert encampment; the family?s return home; and the bitter release of their father after four years in captivity ? it is an incarceration that will alter their lives for ever.
Based on a true story, Julie Otsuka?s powerful, deeply humane novel tells of an unjustly forgotten episode in America?s wartime history.
Julie Otsuka lives in New York. This is her first novel.