Title: Garden of Stones
Author: Sophie Littlefield
Source: Advance copy from publisher via NetGalley
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5
Lucy Takeda is just fourteen years old, living in Los Angeles in 1941, 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.
Patty is preparing for her wedding and just a few days before the wedding, her mother Lucy is being questioned and suspected for murder. Patty knows her mother has kept secrets about her past. When the Japanese bomb the Pearl Harbour, Lucy was just fourteen and within weeks she and her mother are put in the Manzanar camp. The living conditions are harsh in the camp and the mother and daughter duo endure a lot. Lucy’s mother goes is subjected to brutality when she is raped and abused continuously at the hands of the men in charge of the camp. Lucy is witness to this and is scarred as she sees her mother falling into a depression.
This is a story of injustice and triumph, of lost innocence and survival, of secrets that exist between generations of mothers and daughters. It has remarkable characters that will stay with afterward. Read this book if you enjoy suspense, drama and a little bit of romance.