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This is the kind of book where you can smell and hear and see the fictional world the writer has created, so palpably does the atmosphere come through. Set on an island in the straits north of Puget Sound, in Washington, where everyone is either a fisherman or a berry farmer, the story is nominally about a murder trial. But since it's set in the 1950s, lingering memories of World War II, internment camps and racism helps fuel suspicion of a Japanese-American fisherman, a lifelong resident of the islands. It's a great story, but the primary pleasure of the book is Guterson's renderings of the people and the place.
First-novelist Guterson presents a multilayered courtroom drama set in the aftermath of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII.
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I read this book while traveling in Alaska and Washington. The description of the scenary was very accurate . Read morePublished 3 days ago by Carolyn B. Brady
This is a wonderful book. The story is great! The plot is relatively simple although the characters are more complex. It's well worth reading.Published 8 days ago by elizabeth2008
Gutterson's poetic prose captures the essence of prejudice. Born of fear, the actions of small minded politicians, were buried under a mountain of patriotic rhetoric. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Bonita Quiroz-Cantu
Beautifully written book touching on issues of race, prejudice, and an old love that struggles to die. I would highly recommend this.Published 1 month ago by mcsteelio