Horrified over her mother’s treason,
desperate to redeem her family’s honor,
a Japanese-American girl infiltrates a
World War II Japanese prisoner-of-war camp
to free victims of medical experiments.
That’s the plan, anyway . . . .
A historical novel that offers a unique glimpse
into civilian life in wartime Japan.
“This novel was filled with drama, action,
and well-researched information
that made this an intense yet entertaining read.
This is a story I had to write, thanks to my father’s experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II, after which he suffered from PTSD. It’s been 75 years since the end of that war, and in all that time very little has been published regarding civilian life in wartime Japan (the Historical Notes at the end list a few examples; they tend to be at least somewhat autobiographical). A more wide-ranging accounting of this era, in a fictional format that could appeal to readers, appeared worthwhile. Part I of the following tale sets the stage for it, balancing the things done to Japan with the things Japan had done earlier in the war (which are also addressed in many other works).
This novel does not address details of the internment of Japanese-Americans living in the western United States during the war years, since the characters in the story would have been unaware of these issues. Readers are encouraged to explore other sources in that regard.
To those who consider it inappropriate that a person of a given ethnicity should write from the perspective of another, I apologize. “Own voices” may be optimal, but it would seem wrong to suppress a story simply because no one from the relevant culture has chosen to tell it. (As you might expect, at this point few are still alive who experienced the culture of wartime Japan, so I am fortunate to have found one to help as a beta-reader.)
In addition to readers interested in the history of the era, it is my hope that teachers might find this an acceptable way to present details of the period in a manner that intrigues students.
Released 15 August 2020, the 75th anniversary of the end of fighting. Available from any bookstore via Ingram Spark. ISBN-13: 978-0997299359
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