Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill
It’s difficult enough for Evalina Cassano and Taichi Hamasaki. Their interracial romance is frowned upon in 1942, and they haven’t told their families. With anti-Japanese sentiment rising in Northern California after Pearl Harbor, Taichi and his family face growing discrimination.
Then the US government evacuates the Hamasakis to the War Relocation Center at Manzanar. Taichi struggles to adjust to the difficult conditions in the camp and to his separation from Evalina. Meanwhile, Evalina is incensed by how Taichi, as a US citizen, is treated by his own country.
At Manzanar, Taichi is caught up in the rising tensions between those who stand for America and those who stand for the Japanese empire, and he doubts whether he should drag Evalina into the mess of his life. And in San Francisco, Evalina has ethical struggles – what does it mean to love your country while you hate what it’s doing? When should you be silent, and when should you speak up?
Thought provoking and timely, Within These Lines highlights a dark period in history. Through compelling characters, we see the injustice and feel the fears and doubts and dilemmas. But mostly, we see the shimmering ribbon of hope through Evalina and Taichi’s unrelenting love. Stephanie Morrill has written a novel to ponder, a novel to cherish.
Looking forward to reading this…My mother was 10 when WWII broke out. Her mother was in a sanitorium for tuberculosis and my grandfather had hired a japanese couple to help out around home. My mom came home from work one day to find Hatsume crying. She told my mom that they were being sent away…and my mom never saw her again. Only recently, while doing family research, did I find them and discover that they were sent to Heart Mountain. Such a difficult time in history, with so much injustice brought on by fear and uncertainty.
It was indeed awful. Unchecked fear is a dangerous emotion.
Thanks for the review – it made me decide to request a copy to review. I usually only look for Christian books. I’ve had too many surprises in other books that you just can’t unsee. Looking forward to reading this!
Hi Robin! Stephanie is a Christian author. The spiritual thread in this story is light, but it’s present – and the story is definitely clean.