This is a non-fiction book about two of the authors' grandparents- his paternal grandmother and his
maternal grandfather, during the second world war. The book intertwines the story of Ralph MacLean, who was captured and spent some years in a POW camp, with the story of Mitsue Oseki, whose family was uprooted from British Columbia to be interned on a sugar beet farm in Alberta.
Both families had their lives completely changed
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The end of the book is the story of the author's mother who lived a very destructive life of abuse and addiction. He also had to learn to forgive his mother.
I did not like this book. I thought it would only be of interest to the author's family. There are many much better books about World War II- the Japanese internment as well as the bombing and fighting.
This book was full of minutiae- too many small unimportant details. It started out as an essay and I think that was sufficient. The rest was filler.
However, there are many people who thought this book was great and I am waiting to see what the panel for Canada Reads will have to say
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