A haunting novel about the Japanese American experience during World War II, told in four interlinking stories.
It is four months after Pearl Harbor and over night signs appear across 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.