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Snow falling on cedars
Guterson, David.
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From Publishers' Weekly:

This poetic novel beautifully captures the painful legacy of war and a community's struggle to deal with that pain. Shortly after WWII, fisherman Carl Heine is found dead in the waters off San Pedro, an island of ``damp souls'' off the coast of Washington State. Accused of his murder is fellow fisherman Kabuo Miyomoto, a member one of the many families of Japanese descent on the island. All of the island's inhabitants are gripped by the murder trial, but none more so than Ishmael Chambers, a local reporter who lost his arm in the Pacific theater, and Hutsue Imada, Kabuo's wife and Ishmael's former lover. First-novelist Guterson, a contributing editor at Harper's and author of the short-story collection The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind, pays meticulous attention to the legal intricacies of Kabuo's trial. His greater purpose, however, and one that he achieves with skill and grace, is an investigation of racism, the nature of justice and the ``same human frailty passed from generation to generation.'' This is a luxurious book, whose finely detailed evocation of its small-town setting effectively draws the reader to consider its larger issues. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

This mesmerizing exploration of war, love, prejudice, and justice culminates in a dramatic courtroom scene. On a small island in Puget Sound, a Japanese fisherman, accused of killing another fisherman in 1954, faces the kind of prejudice that supposedly disappeared after World War II. Flashbacks describe the horror of war as well as the innocent and doomed love between the young island newspaper editor and Hatsue Miyamoto, the future wife of the defendant. Guterson claims to have been inspired by Romeo and Juliet and To Kill a Mockingbird, both of which he has taught in high school English classes, but his creation is magnificently original. Reader Peter Marinker describes the dark cedars and low mists of the island and dramatizes the action of the trial with such sensitive skill that listeners are treated to an experience beyond that of reading the print version. Highly recommended.‘Jo Carr, Sarasota, Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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