Garden of Stones (Paperback)
Virgie's Staff Pick (June 2013): I find it shameful how far Americans went in the name of fear and suspicion after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Americans of Japanese descent were sent to internment camps, and that is where this story takes place! Through the story of Miyako and her daughter Lucy, I learned much about that time in history, and pondered how far a mother would go to protect her daughter. The novel is engaging, even though I find this chapter of our nation’s history disheartening.— From Virgie's Picks
In the dark days of war, a mother makes the ultimate sacrifice Lucy Takeda is just fourteen 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.
About the Author
Sophie Littlefield grew up in rural Missouri and attended college in Indiana. She worked in technology before having children, and was lucky enough to stay home with them while they were growing up. She writes novels for kids and adults, and lives in Northern California. Visit her online at www.SophieLittlefield.com.
"Littlefield has a gift for pacing...page-turning action and evocative, sensual, harrowing descriptions." -Publishers Weekly
"Littlefield shows considerable skills for delving into the depths of her characters and complex plotting as she disarms the reader." –South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Littlefield's compelling writing will keep readers turning pages late into the night to find out what happens next. Outstanding!" –RT Book Reviews