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WINNER ofCBC Canada ReadsFinalist for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non Fiction and the OLA Evergreen Award1 National BestsellerWhen the Second World War broke out Ralph MacLean chose to escape his troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada and volunteer to serve his country overseas Meanwhile in Vancouver Mitsue Sakamoto saw her family and her stable community torn apart after the Japanese attack on Pearl HarborLike many young Canadian soldiers Ralph was captured by the Japanese army He would spend the war in prison camps enduring pestilence beatings and starvation as well as a journey by hell ship to Japan to perform slave labour while around him his friends and countrymen perished Back in Canada Mitsue and her family were expelled from their home by the government and forced to spend years eking out an existence in rural Alberta working other people's land for a dollar a dayBy the end of the war Ralph emerged broken but a survivor Mitsue worn down by years of back breaking labour had to start all over again in Medicine Hat Alberta A generation later at a high school dance Ralph's daughter and Mitsue's son fell in loveAlthough the war toyed with Ralph's and Mitsue's lives and threatened to erase their humanity these two brave individuals somehow surmounted enormous transgressions and learned to forgive Without this forgiveness their grandson Mark Sakamoto would never have come to beWINNER ofCBC Canada ReadsFinalist for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non Fiction and the OLA Evergreen Award1 National BestsellerWhen the Second World War broke out Ralph MacLean chose to escape his troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada and volunteer to serve his country overseas Meanwhile in Vancouver Mitsue Sakamoto saw her family and her stable community torn apart after the Japanese attack on Pearl HarborLike many young Canadian soldiers Ralph was captured by the Japanese army He would spend the war in prison camps enduring pestilence beatings and starvation as well as a journey by hell ship to Japan to perform slave labour while around him his friends and countrymen perished Back in Canada Mitsue and her family were expelled from their home by the government and forced to spend years eking out an existence in rural Alberta working other people's land for a dollar a dayBy the end of the war Ralph emerged broken but a survivor Mitsue worn down by years of back breaking labour had to start all over again in Medicine Hat Alberta A generation later at a high school dance Ralph's daughter and Mitsue's son fell in loveAlthough the war toyed with Ralph's and Mitsue's lives and threatened to erase their humanity these two brave individuals somehow surmounted enormous transgressions and learned to forgive Without this forgiveness their grandson Mark Sakamoto would never have come to beWINNER ofCBC Canada ReadsFinalist for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non Fiction and the OLA Evergreen Award1 National BestsellerWhen the Second World War broke out Ralph MacLean chose to escape his troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada and volunteer to serve his country overseas Meanwhile in Vancouver Mitsue Sakamoto saw her family and her stable community torn apart after the Japanese attack on Pearl HarborLike many young Canadian soldiers Ralph was captured by the Japanese army He would spend the war in prison camps enduring pestilence beatings and starvation as well as a journey by hell ship to Japan to perform slave labour while around him his friends and countrymen perished Back in Canada Mitsue and her family were expelled from their home by the government and forced to spend years eking out an existence in rural Alberta working other people's land for a dollar a dayBy the end of the war Ralph emerged broken but a survivor Mitsue worn down by years of back breaking labour had to start all over again in Medicine Hat Alberta A generation later at a high school dance Ralph's daughter and Mitsue's son fell in loveAlthough the war toyed with Ralph's and Mitsue's lives and threatened to erase their humanity these two brave individuals somehow surmounted enormous transgressions and learned to forgive Without this forgiveness their grandson Mark Sakamoto would never have come to be


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  1. says:

    This is an engaging book Historical yet personal true story of what the horrors of being stripped of citizenship can do to a family Then the soldier in a Japanese prison camp and the endurance he head in sheer survival The a meeting of children and how the two meld stories and lives into a facing of the truths and realities yet somehow I all the tragic sadness and some delight there appeared light and connections Forgiveness comes for each in different ways and this is a wonderful wonder and miracle that allowed survival and thriving Such an example to live byIt was hurtful to hear what Canada did Painful to know it but that allows healing and yes ForgivenessRead this book it is an awesome tragic grief that turns a corner we all need to turn in our own livesI am grateful this book was written We had a gathering to discuss it and what forgiveness meant to usI cannot say enough of how important this book is for today's world