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.
Thank you, Sophie, for saying yes when I suggested your name for "Back to the Beach". And, thank you for saying yes when Chantelle Osman asked you to write in my gift book. Here's Sophie's note.
From Sophie Littlefield -
You were among the first in the mystery community to make me feel like there was a place for me. I was encouraged and buoyed by your warmth and kindness then, and you remain one of the reasons that I love my job. As a former Hoosier, I'm delighted that you'll be making Indiana your home! In the words of the old Hoagy Carmichael song, 'Back in Indiana I will find/ All the folks so dear to me.' Adventures ahead!
Thank you, Sophie. And, may all your adventures bring excitement and joy.
Sophie Littlefield's website is www.sophielittlefield.com