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Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

Updated: May 21

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris

Reviewed by L. Bennett

Lane and Maddie are in love with each other and the future they envision together. Their families do not approve and pretty soon the entire county disapproves. It is December 1941. Lane is an American of Japanese descent and Maddie is an Anglo. Thus the stage is set for Kristina McMorris’ novel of love, hate, sacrifice, and forgiveness.

Unbeknownst to others Lane and Maddie marry. Then Lane is incarcerated at a war relocation camp along with his mother and sister. Maddie chooses to abandon her career and follow her husband. That decision opens some doors and seems to close others. The author’s research into camp life provides the reader with credible but unpleasant glimpses at one of this county’s most controversial times. The book is well written and engaging, but not always easy to read. Through the characters the reader can better understand racial paranoia, changing values, and the resurrection of hope from the ashes of war. You’ll have to try it for yourself.

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