In 1954, a fisherman is found dead in the nets of his boat, and a local Japanese-American man is charged with his murder. In the course of his trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than one man's guilt. For on San Piedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries - memories of a charmed love affair ...
In 1954, a fisherman is found dead in the nets of his boat, and a local Japanese-American man is charged with his murder. In the course of his trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than one man's guilt. For on San Piedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries - memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and a Japanese girl; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbours watched.
New in fine dust jacket. Excellent tight square, unread and unmarked copy. DJ slight edgewear and top and bottom of spine. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 345 p. Compelling novel of Japanese family in US around World War II. Harrowing.
New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 368 p. Audience: Young adult. On San Piedro, an island of rugged, spectacular beauty in Puget Sound, home to salmon fishermen and strawberry farmers, a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial, charged with coldblooded murder. The year is 1954, and the shadow of World War II, with its brutality abroad and internment at home hangs over the courtroom.
New in new dust jacket. Signed by author. First American edition, first printing. Appears to be new and unread. Signed by Guterson on title page. Price of $21.95 intact. A beautiful, collectible copy. Price of $18.95 intact.
This book is so well written. The story content itself is very worthy, but the author's descriptions are very vivid and his insight into the human condition is excellent. An especially good read for the history buff.
Oct 9, 2007
This is a watered down version of "To Kill a Mocking Bird." I liked the idea of a man defending the husbann of a woman he still loves. Unfortunately the characters are not flashed out. They remain two dimensional through out the story. Guterson also falls into the sterotype of the soft spoken Japanese woman. The husband too also falls into the sterotype.
Also he decribes the landscapes for pages on end. If Guterson put halp as much effort into his characters as he did the landscape this might have been a good story.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-08-01 This poetic novel beautifully captures the painful legacy of war and a community's struggle to deal with that pain. Shortly after WWII, fisherman Carl Heine is found dead in the waters off San Pedro, an island of ``damp souls'' off the coast of Washington State. Accused of his murder is fellow fisherman Kabuo Miyomoto, a member one of the many families of Japanese descent on the island. All of the island's inhabitants are gripped by the murder trial, but none more so than Ishmael Chambers, a local reporter who lost his arm in the Pacific theater, and Hutsue Imada, Kabuo's wife and Ishmael's former lover. First-novelist Guterson, a contributing editor at Harper's and author of the short-story collection The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind, pays meticulous attention to the legal intricacies of Kabuo's trial. His greater purpose, however, and one that he achieves with skill and grace, is an investigation of racism, the nature of justice and the ``same human frailty passed from generation to generation.'' This is a luxurious book, whose finely detailed evocation of its small-town setting effectively draws the reader to consider its larger issues. (Sept.)
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