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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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Beautifully written book touching on issues of race, prejudice, and an old love that struggles to die. I would highly recommend this.Published 17 days ago by mcsteelio
I enjoyed this book most for its descriptive narrative of life in the (for me, local) Puget Sound/San Juan Islands area. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Pageturner
Thoroughly enjoyable although heavy handed on flowery language on physical descriptions on venues. Liked the period setting.Published 1 month ago by pupule
One of the beat books I've read in a long time. Actually, I just recently re-read it some 16 years after it was published and I first read it. It's still a great read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David A.
Well written but a sad story; no winners on any level. It is an accurate and heartrending account of the personal and bureaucratic atrocities committed toward Japanese citizens... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Betta