Snow Falling on CedarsBook - 1995 | 1st ed
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A fisherman is killed off a small island in Washington state's Puget Sound, triggering a murder investigation. The prosecution appears to be racially motivated, having cherry picked the evidence, bringing into sharp focus a justice system heavily weighted against Americans who aren't of European descent. Other themes explored are interracial relationships, Japanese American internment, and loyalty. A beautifully written story that sticks with you long after you've finished the last word.
SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS (Vintage Books, $12.00) is a triumphant achievement. David Guterson's approach to weaving this tale that encompasses two generations of Japanese Americans is light-handed, letting the story play out in beautiful, unencumbered prose. The story takes place in the mid-twentieth century, darting back and forth from 1954 to the WWII era internment camp our main protagonist - who is inadvertently embroiled on the wrong side of a murder investigation - spent a chunk of time in. CEDARS presents an opportunity to examine how racism and xenophobia play in legal decisions.
t is 1954, and Japanese-American World War II veteran Kabuo Miyamoto has been charged with the murder of fellow fisherman and veteran Carl Heine. His trial begins in the midst of a snow storm that has struck the town of Amity Harbour, on the island of San Piedro off the coast of Washington State. Reporting on the trial is Ishmael Chambers, who inherited the small local paper from his father when he returned from the war. Carl was a solo gill-netter fisherman, and his body was pulled from the ocean, caught in his own nets, after the boat was found drifting off the coast on a foggy September morning. In the grip of the snow storm and the trial, the islanders are forced to face old grudges and deep seated prejudices as the evidence against Kabuo mounts.
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Then she took her basket of sheets and clothes and melted back into the house."
-David Guterson, SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS
David Guterson's approach to weaving this tale . . . is light-handed, letting the story play out in beautiful, unencumbered prose.
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