The Little Exile

The Little Exile

Book - 2017
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"After Pearl Harbor, little Marie Mitsui's typical life of school and playing with friends in San Francisco is upended. Her family and thousands of others of Japanese heritage are under suspicion and forcibly relocated to internment camps far from home. Living conditions in the camps are harsh, but in the end Marie finds freedom and hope for the future. Told from a child's perspective, The Little Exile deftly conveys Marie's innocence, wonder, fear, and outrage. This work of autobiographical fiction is based on the author's own experience as a wartime internee. Jeanette S. Arakawa was born in San Francisco in 1932 and was interned in the 1940s at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Stone Bridge Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781611720365
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 30, 2017

Jeannette Arakawa's account of her childhood before World War II, is charming. It truly is told from a child's point of view, emphasizing the things that a child would find important and interesting and things to be feared. The effect of the internment on her life, and that of the rest of her family, was told factually as things that happened and her reaction to them, rather than giving an opinionated testament of wrongs done to those interned. We see the conditions they had to deal with and how they managed to live through them and persevere; so that, at the end, they can return to a semblance of life as they knew it before the war. The little Afterword story of the author being invited to speak at a Pearl Harbor commemoration was poignant and a fitting finish to the story.


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