HOME AGAIN by James Edmiston

HOME AGAIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The tragedy of the Nisel, a people without a country is based on records, personalized, and to some extent sentimentalized, through the family of Toshimichimaru Mio. The narrative here is a fictional amalgam of the many types of injustice and inhumanity which the Nisel experienced in America. Tosh, who was to marry the picture bride sent over for his younger brother Hiro, settled in California where along with a fine family, he raised some rare chrysanthemums and became an established and respected citizen. But the California Allen Land Law was the first barrier he could not cross; and after Pearl Harbor, he was to learn that much of his war would be fought in California. Midori, his oldest daughter, was to assume the leadership of the family and forfeit her love for Jim Redding, the son of a rabid neighbor. Kazuo, who opposed the draft because the Nisei were treated as enemy aliens, evacuated and put behind barbed wire, was tried and sentenced. One brother was blinded in action and returned home to be burned alive by night riders- even after the Nisel were relocated in Santa Clara County. Jim Redding was shot for attempting to defend a Nisel boy. And so, through the victimization of this one family and their friends, the plea for the extension of democratic rights to this people has a persuasion and a conviction which may reach a wider audience through this form of presentation. It may seem dated today.

Publisher: Doubleday