Title Within These Lines
Author Stephanie Morrill
Description from Amazon
Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family in 1941 is quiet and ordinary … until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants. Despite the scandal it would cause and the fact that interracial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be together. But anti-Japanese feelings erupt across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family are forced to give up their farm and are incarcerated in a Japanese internment camp.
Degrading treatment at Manzanar Relocation Center is so difficult, Taichi doubts he will ever leave the camp alive. Treasured letters from Evalina are his sole connection to the outside world. Embracing the boldest action she can to help Taichi, Evalina begins to radically speak out at school and at home, shining a light on this dark and shameful racial injustice.
With their future together on the line, Evalina and Taichi can only hold true to their values and believe in their love against all odds to have any hope of making it back to one another.
Where are all of my historical fiction fans? This book came out earlier this year but I am only just getting a copy today as I wanted it in paperback. Don’t judge me, my copy of The Lost Girl of Astor Street is in paperback and I wanted them to match. My only reservation about this book is the potential for a sad ending – I will be devastated if I don’t get a happy ending here. Nonetheless, I am super excited to read this one.