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February Book Discussion

Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson


San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies.  But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.  In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. For on San Piedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries—memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched.  Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't finish the book in time unfortunately:( still have 10% left on my Kindle... Next time! Can't wait to see which book we are reading next!

    February 9, 2014

    • Susan R.

      Alexandra, I hope you do finish it nonetheless. There are last minute twists and turns you shouldn't miss if you've read this far... Thanks for changing your RSVP. I appreciate the courtesy.

      February 10, 2014

  • Carmela C.

    Sorry Susan and ladies. Trying to recoup from a virus and sinus infection so I will not attend. Hoping to make it for March.

    February 9, 2014

    • Susan R.

      So many people are sick with infections now, Carmela. Ugh. I hope you feel better and that you'll join us soon.

      February 10, 2014

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