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Garden of Stones
by Sophie Littlefield
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Mira, 2013 (2013)
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* * *   Reviewed by Wanda Plourde

Fourteen year old Lucy, living in Los Angeles, is still mourning the loss of her father. Then bombs drop on Pearl Habor changing her life forever. Thousands of innocent Japanese-Americans are forced out of their homes and held in the Manzanar prison camp. Included in these thousands are Lucy and her mother Miyako.

Living in the camp is a hardship that no one would ever want to face. The prisoners suffer heat and dust, corruption and just horrendous living conditions every day. Lucy and Miyako must endure it all in order to survive, but then something changes to made life even more unbearable. Miyako is forced to submit to the horrifying acts of some very sick camp officials. She is very determined to keep her daughter from becoming a victim as well. Unable to shake the attention of these camp officials, Miyako is broken in every sense of the word. She makes one last act of desperation. Lucy's witnessing this act causes her to commit her own sins.

This is a very complex story, that will leave you heartbroken, sickened and possibly changed forever. It's a fascinating and evocative tale that makes you understand love in a whole new context. Garden of Stones is a page turner from the very start and right till the very end.

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