Author: Naomi Hirahara
Started: Aug. 5, 2021
Finished: Aug. 7, 2021
Aki Ito and her family are Japanese-Americans living in California when Pearl Harbor is attacked. Soon, the Japanese residents of her area, whether American citizens or not, are sent away to internment camps. After months of being in the camp, Aki's sister Rose is released and sent to Chicago. Shortly after, the Ito family are to meet Rose in Chicago to start their new lives only to learn that she has died and her death was ruled a suicide. Aki discovers that her sister had secrets and she must find out what they were to help her understand why her sister died.
I had been looking forward to this book since I first saw it on the upcoming releases list on Goodreads. I have been looking for books surrounding the Japanese internment camps, as I was not taught about them in school. While this book does touch on the family's time in the internment camp not much information is given about their circumstances. That being said, I found the story very well done and definitely had me guessing as to how it would end. I would love to read more by Naomi Hirahara and I would love to see her do more historical fiction.