Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson
"Fighting the distrust and prejudice of his neighbors on a remote island in Puget Sound, a Japanese-American man who spent time in an internment camp during World War II, finds himself on trial for murder. The histories of the accused and the victim, both fishermen and residents of the small town of San Piedro, unfold as newspaperman Ishmael Chambers embarks on a quest for the truth. Lonely and war-scarred, Chambers strives for justice and inner strength, while coming to terms with his ill-fated love for Hatsue Miyamoto, the wife of the accused. Evocative and beautifully written, Snow Falling on Cedars won the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award." - Amazon review
This was an especially good book for us (newcomers to the Northwest) to read for an understanding of the culture and history of our new home in Port Townsend, WA. It's quite different from Ohio. Last year some of the new movie, "Snow Falling on Cedars", was shot in Port Townsend. Watch for me waving near the '37 Ford in front of the old jail - but read the book first. - Jim Buckley
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