Requiem (Google eBook)

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Grove Press, Aug 7, 2012 - Fiction - 317 pages
28 Reviews
By the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize-winning author of Deafening comes a new historical novel that traces the lives of one Japanese-Canadian family during and after their internment in the 1940s.

In 1942 the government removed Bin Okuma's family from their home on British Columbia’s west coast and forced them into internment camps. They were allowed to take only the possessions they could carry, and nine-year-old Bin was forced to watch as neighbors raided his family’s home before the transport boats even undocked. One hundred miles from the “Protected Zone,” they formed makeshift communities without direct access to electricity, plumbing or food—for five years.

Fifty years later, after his wife’s sudden death, Bin travels across the country to find the biological father who has been lost to him. Both running from grief and driving straight toward it, Bin must ask himself whether he truly wants to find First Father, the man who made a fateful decision that almost destroyed his family all those years ago. With his wife’s persuasive voice in his head and the echo of their love in his heart, Bin embarks on an unforgettable journey into his past that will throw light on a dark time in our shared history.
  

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The ending was emotional and very satisfying. - Goodreads
Itani's writing is so descriptive and moving. - Goodreads
Her writing just flows so naturally. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Judi - Goodreads

Requiem is a wonderful novel about a Japanese-Canadian family whose internment during World War II changes their family connection forever. There are breathtaking details of the camp and the spirit of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Keri - Goodreads

The fact that I appreciate Itani's writing style so much swayed me in giving this book four stars versus three. Requiem, introduces us to Bin Okuma, an adolescent during World War II when an executive ... Read full review

Contents

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Section 19
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Section 22
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Section 29
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About the author (2012)

Frances Itani is the author of two other novels: the bestselling Deafening, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book (Canada and Caribbean Region) and the Drummer General’s Award, and shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Remembering the Bones, shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She has also written two collections of short fiction: Leaning, Leaning Over Water and Poached Egg on Toast.

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