Title: Rising Sun, Falling Star
Author: Vickie Hall
I really enjoyed reading Rising Sun, Falling Star by Vickie Hall. I am constantly drawn to books about WWII, most of which center on the Holocaust. I found it very refreshing to read a book about that period, but focusing on a completely different aspect of the war. The Interment of the Japanese people is often over looked and at times in the shadows of the horrific events that happened to the Jewish people in Europe. Rising sun, Falling Star helps to put a face on this also tragic event in world history.
The book is centered on one family in particular. The dynamics of this little clan is very heart warming. Each individual is completely unique and different from the other members of the family, yet there is a strong family bond and love that binds them all together despite those differences. I think this is true to any family.
Vickie Hall does a wonderful job as she draws you into the world of camp life. I could picture the camps, the people and at times even smell the dusty wind or feel the bitter cold. Her writing style was very easy to read. She built a world and filled it with true to life characters. It was hard to believe this was a book of fiction at times.
There was only one thing I disliked about the book… the ending. With out giving too much away Ill just say I was disappointed not to have more. I was so drawn into these people’s lives. I needed closure… but that doesn’t happen. It just stops… I seriously turned the page expecting more and there just wasn’t more words. I felt like it just stopped.
All and all this was a great read and one I’d recommend to anyone who reads book set in this era.
This is not a well-known subject in American history. So many people are unaware that this happened in our own country. I felt it was important to not only share a great story, but also inform the readers about this chapter in our country’s history.
Not personally. Years ago, my mother’s hair dresser was interned. I was quite young at the time, but I remember her talking about it while I waited for my mom to get her hair done.
I think Aiko – the mother of the family. She sees the devastation happening to her family and tries desperately to keep them whole through the ordeals they face. She is a strong, loving, and an undefeated character in the book – characteristics I hope to possess.