Susan Aihoshi

Torn Apart

Torn Apart Cover A poignant recent title in the award-winning Dear Canada series explores a young Japanese Canadian girl's experiences at an internment camp.

It is 1941 and Mary Kobayashi, a Canadian-born Japanese girl enjoys her life in Vancouver. She likes school, she likes her friends, and she yearns above all else to own a bicycle. Although WWII is raging elsewhere in the world, it hasn't really impacted her life in B.C.

Then on December 7, 1941, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor … and everything changes.

Suddenly a war of suspicion and prejudice is waged on the home front and Japanese Canadians are completely stripped of their rights, their jobs and their homes. Mary is terrified when her family is torn apart and sent to various work camps, while she and her two sisters are sent, alone, to a primitive internment camp in B.C.'s remote interior. Here Mary spends the duration of the war, scared and uncertain of how it will all end.

First-time author Susan Aihoshi draws from the experiences of her own family during "The Uprooting" of the Japanese in B.C. during WWII to craft this important addition to the Dear Canada series.

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