Item # 156451.
By Vivienne Schiffer.
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the imprisonment 120,000 people of Japanese descent in incarceration camps such as the Rohwer Relocation Center in remote Desha County, Arkansas. This time of fear and prejudice and the Arkansas Delta are the setting for the story of narrator, Chess Morton, who lives in tiny Rook Arkansas. Her days are quiet and secluded until the appearance of a “relocation” center. Chess’ life becomes intertwined with those of two young internees and an American soldier mysteriously connected to her mother’s past. As Chess watches the struggles and triumphs of these strangers and sees her mother seek justice for the people who briefly and involuntarily came to call the Arkansas Delta their home, she discovers surprising and disturbing truths about her family’s painful past. Paper: 206 pp.