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A headstrong fifteen-year-old girl with a white father and a Japanese mother comes of age in an internment camp during World War Two.
In the early 1940s in rural California, Satomi is a member of neither the white community nor the Japanese one; she is ‘other’ to both. Her parents are so happy together, and so proud to be American, but she has never fitted in.
After her father dies in the bombing of Pearl Harbour, Satomi’s stoic mother, Tamura, is flung into a private realm of grief while the outside world changes irrevocably. The two women are taken to Manzanar, one of the brutal American internment camps hastily set up under President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which stated that one drop of Japanese blood justified profiling and imprisonment. At Manzanar, where sewage bubbles up from beneath the barracks, rats and cockroaches outnumber inmates, and disease stalks the camp, Satomi learns what it takes to survive, who she can trust, and what it means to be an American. A Girl Like You is the riveting story of a time we chose to forget for far too long.
PUBLICATION DATE: 4TH JUNE 2013
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