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Avatar for Laura P. Laura P. said:
A gentle read that goes back and forth between WWII years and 1986 about a Chinese-American boy who falls in love with a Japanese-American girl and then the man struggling after his wife’s death and memories of that time during WWII. Another book I could see as being classified teen. As far as stories about Japanese internment, I like Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas better.
posted Oct 26, 2011 at 11:18AM
Ted's Review said:
This book was fantastic! It’s a pure pleasure and if you are in the mood for a good love story, I highly recommend reading this book. Great characters and lots of warmth. I don’t think it would be possible to read this book and not care about the characters. You’ll also learn a lot about the internment of Japanese/American citizens during World War II. A very solid A for this one. Read it!
posted Jan 28, 2012 at 12:43PM
Avatar for MediumDebbi MediumDebbi said:
A sweet and touching tale of a romance sustained despite time and serious trouble. Notable due to the maturity and diligence of its characters. highly recommended to readers and book groups of all ages!
posted Apr 20, 2012 at 4:22PM
Avatar for EmilyEm EmilyEm said:
Seattle’s ‘International District’ in 1942 is the story’s setting. We meet twelve-year-old Henry as he heads to the all-white prep school where he is the only Asian scholarship student, handing his lunch off to street musician Sheldon on the way. When his lunch-serving duties come one day he finds another student waiting to help. It’s Keiko; she’s Japanese. Henry wears an ‘I am Chinese’ button at his father’s insistence and has never met a Japanese person before. We also meet Henry in 1986 when he is still deep in grief from the death of his wife, but also when he becomes curious about the possessions of Japanese families found in a long-closed hotel being renovated in the neighborhood. Or is he curious about a long-lost jazz record, one that holds meaning for all the book’s principle characters. This book fulfilled the ‘good book’ criteria on many levels. We see the first generation-second generation immigrant struggles and what ‘becoming American’ without losing your past meant. The treatment of Japanese Americans on the West Coast after Pearl Harbor and during the Internment is vividly described. We learn about African Americans making music. But most of all this is a story of a boy on the cusp of manhood doing the right thing and falling in love. I look forward to Ford’s new book Songs of Willow Frost.
posted Oct 1, 2013 at 7:47AM
Avatar for Augsburg Park Library Augsburg Park Library said:
This book makes you really think and wonder about that time period, how people were treated, and why. Devastating.
posted Jan 16, 2014 at 2:31PM
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main characters Henry Lee
Chinese American
Recently lost his wife to cancer; remembers his childhood when he wandered through wartime Seattle with Keiko who was eventaully sent to an internment camp; searching for Keiko's belongings; trying to coomunicate with his college-age son.

Keiko Okabe
Japanese American
Henry's childhood friend and love; was sent to an internment camp during World War II.

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