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Lucy Takeda is just 14 years old, living in Los Angeles, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home, rounded up - along with thousands of other innocent Japanese Americans - and taken to the Manzanar prison camp.

Buffeted by blistering heat and choking dust, Lucy and Miyako must endure the harsh living conditions of the camp. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring beautiful, vulnerable Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever...and spur her to sins of her own.

©2013 Sophie Littlefield (P)2013 Tantor

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Beautiful writing and characters driven by complex circumstances. The narrator's voice didn't quite fit when Lucy spoke--too young sounding. The coarse language was unnecessary. Overall an interesting look into the lives of Japanese imprisoned at Manzanar.

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  • Claire
  • Indio, CA, United States
  • 06-23-13

Shame on US

Eye opening to the internment camps for the Japanese Americans. Gracious story with twists and turns, love and forgiveness. Nice book, good listen.

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  • Lynn
  • Montgomery, IN, United States
  • 07-27-13

Loved it

one of my 1st audible books was On the Corner of Bitter & Sweet.....guess I wasn't very good with my history but had no idea what happened to the American Japanese here in the United States after the bombing of Pearl Harbor....that made me so interested, and now this book took you right there again and it was sooooo good and so sad at the same time. It's a must read. I finished it today and can't get it off my mind...you for sure won't want to put this one down...in fact, this would make a fantastic movie