I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Historical fiction is slowly gaining ground as my favorite genre to read. It’s such a complex genre no matter the era, and this novel is no exception.
Lam wrote a beautiful, heart wrenching story about World War II Japanese Americans. His clever twists through time and his expertise with dangling juuust the right amount of information really pulled me through the book. I learned a lot more about the war, and about a group of soldiers whose bravery saved so many.
Even the love stories throughout the book were well crafted. There were moments that they teetered towards feeling stale, but as a whole they were dynamic and bluntly realistic.
Lam’s narrative is commanding and clearly well-informed. He did his research and he portrayed everything thoroughly, from character mind sets to the interiors of homes, both things that shift according to cultural traditions.
The emotions that grow and develop through the story are the true protagonists. Readers are led through bitter distrust, confusion, betrayal, shame, and ultimately, regained confidence and love. Lam does a superb job developing each character’s changing points of view.
If you’re a fan of historical fiction that touches on World War II and the astonishing bravery of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, be sure to give this book a read. A solid 5 stars from me.