From the acclaimed author of 'secrets of a Charmed Life i>
and As Bright as Heaven i> comes a novel about a German American
teenager whose life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent
to an internment camp during World War II. b>
1943,&#160;Elise 'sontag is a typical American teenager from
Iowa&mdash;aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her
father, a legal U.'s. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly
arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer.
The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind
the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything
beloved and familiar, including her own identity.
The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee
Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose
friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war
will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and
Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a
future beyond the fences.
But when the 'sontag
family is exchanged for American prisoners behind enemy lines in
Germany, Elise will face head-on the person the war desires to make of
her. In that devastating crucible she must discover if she has the
will to rise above prejudice and hatred and re-claim her own destiny,
or disappear into the image others have cast upon her.
The Last Year of the War i>tells a
little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our own
times and challenges the very notion of who we are when who
we&rsquo;ve always been is called into question.
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