GARDEN OF STONES
This mesmerizing tale explores America’s too often forgotten horrific treatment of its own citizens during World War II. With chapters that jump from the ‘70s to a Japanese internment camp during the early ‘40s, it possesses elements of mystery that give way to shocking revelations and heartbreaking yet inevitable conclusions. A story of unspeakable injustice and bitter sacrifice, it will leave you shaken.
Shortly after 14-year-old Lucy Takeda’s father passes away and Pearl Harbor is attacked, she and her fragile mother Miyako are sent to a Japanese internment camp. Miyako’s beauty makes her an immediate target for the boorish American guards. As Lucy grows to resemble her mother, the guards begin to look her way. Miyako makes a desperate effort to keep her daughter out of their hands, changing the course of the rest of Lucy’s life. (MIRA, Mar., 320 pp., $14.95)