Book: Under the Silk Hibiscus by Alice J. Wislercategories: Book, Asian Studies, Internment Camps, Christian Fiction, Inspirational Fiction, World War II, Japanese-American History, Heart Mountain, Historical Romance, Women's Fiction, Pearl Harbor, Wyoming, Historical Fiction
Alice J. Wislerabout this book: I grew up in Japan, but I don't remember hearing about Japanese-Americans in the United States being forced to relocate to internment camps. Or perhaps I wasn't paying attention. I was usually daydreaming about the next novel I wanted to write.
Now living in the USA, I hear many confess that they don't know or have never heard about what happened during the '40s to people who looked Japanese. "Really? They were sent away?" I have heard some say, showing slight confusion. "Our government ordered it? Nah, you're kidding!"
Under the Silk Hibiscus is the story of the Mori family, sent from their home in San Jose, California, to an internment camp in Wyoming after Pearl Harbor was bombed. Heart Mountain, the camp, was rows of bleak barracks surrounded by barbed wire and guards with guns.
Nathan is only fifteen. But he's old enough to sense the injustice. He's also worried about his father, who is thought to be a spy. He's determined to make his deceased mother proud and hang onto the family heirloom, a gold watch with a history of its own. He's also in love with the girl who wears a kimono and a hibiscus in her hair. He wishes she'd notice him and not his flirtatious older brother.
I want my readers to be entertained by this inspirational novel and to also learn more about the time period and the treatment of Japanese-Americans during and after World War II. Prejudice and injustice are hateful things. Most of all, I want readers to fall in love with Nathan as he struggles with growing up in a land that promises freedom and the pursuit of happiness. And Aunt Kazuko, the cookie-lovin' aunt of his? Yes, I want everyone to find the humor and fun in her character.
As with all my novels, Under the Silk Hibiscus is rated "G". G is for gorgeous people, great friends, grandmas, graduates, gifted girls, and glorious women and men.
Author Alice J Wisler paints a believable picture of this difficult time in history. Her characters are believable, vulnerable, and often choose the course of least resistance in order to survive in this beautifully crafted story of hope in troubled times. ~ Cindy Huff, an Amazon reviewer
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