An extraordinary researcher and scholar of detail, Frances ItaniÂauthor of the best-selling novel DeafeningÂexcels at weaving breathtaking fiction from true-life events. In her new novel, she traces the lives, loves, and secrets in one Japanese-Canadian family during and after their internment in the 1940s.
In 1942, in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government removed Bin Okumaâs family from their home on British Columbiaâs west coast and forced them into internment camps. They were allowed to take only the possessions they could carry, and Bin, as a young boy, was forced to watch neighbors raid his familyâs home before the transport boats even undocked. One hundred miles from the ÂProtected Zone,â they had to form new makeshift communities without direct access to electricity, plumbing, or foodÂfor five years.
Fifty years later, after his wifeâs sudden death, Bin travels across Canada to find the biological father who has been lost to him. Both running from grief and driving straight toward it, Bin must ask himself whether he truly wants to find First Father, the man who made a fateful decision that almost destroyed his family all those years ago. With his wifeâs persuasive voice in his head and the echo of their love in his heart, Bin embarks on an unforgettable journey into his past that will throw light on a dark time in history.
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