Kuroshio: The Blood of Foxes
"Kuroshio," meaning "black current," is the name given to the Pacific Ocean current that Japanese immigrants believe brought them safely to a new life in North America. In this vividly imagined novel based on a true story that spans decades and continents, Terry Watada explores the dark reaches of Issei, or Japanese immigrant, life in Vancouver prior to World War II.
An Issei woman arrives on the west coast from Japan as a picture bride―marrying a fellow Japanese immigrant whom she has never met before―but soon her dreams and expectations of a lavish life in a new land are crushed by the grim reality of a loveless marriage and an impoverished existence. Before long, she becomes desperate to escape the clutches of the law after committing a heinous crime, which leads her to become inextricably involved with ruthless Issei crime boss Etsuji Morii and his underground gang. Full of unexpected twists and flashes of narrative colour, "Kuroshio: The Blood of Foxes" explores the fascinating history of Japanese-Canadian immigrant life in the first half of the twentieth century with all the intrigue and style of a modern-day murder mystery.
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Review: Kuroshio: The Blood of FoxesUser Review - Richard Janzen - Goodreads
The story and characterization was quite good, but what I really liked was reading about the Japanese life in early Vancouver prior to WWII and the forced relocations. April 08 Read full review