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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,531 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553752540
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A man ahead of his time, Japanese college professor Masao Takashimaya of Kyoto had a passion for modern ideas that was as strong as his wife’s belief in ancient traditions. It was the early 1920s and Masao had dreams for the future—and a fascination with the politics and opportunities of a world that was changing every day. Twenty years later his eighteen-year-old daughter Hiroko, torn between her mother’s traditions and her father’s wishes, boarded the SS Nagoya Maru to come to California for an education and to make her father proud. It was August 1941.

On December 7, Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese. Within hours, war is declared and suddenly Hiroko has become an enemy in a foreign land. Terrified, begging to go home, she is nonetheless ordered by her father to stay. He is positive she will be safer in California than at home, and for a brief time she is—until her entire world caves in.

On February 19, Executive Order 9066 is signed by President Roosevelt, giving the military the power to remove the Japanese from their communities at will. Takeo and his family are given ten days to sell their home, give up their jobs, and report to a relocation center, along with thousands of other Japanese and Japanese Americans, to face their destinies there. Families are divided, people are forced to abandon their homes, their businesses, their freedom, and their lives. Hiroko and her uncle’s family go first to Tanforan, and from there to the detention center at Tule Lake. This extraordinary novel tells what happened to them there, creating a portrait of human tragedy and strength, divided loyalties and love. It tells of Americans who were treated as foreigners in their own land. And it tells Hiroko’s story, and that of her American family, as they fight to stay alive amid the drama of life and death in the camp at Tule Lake.

With clear, powerful prose, Danielle Steel portrays not only the human cost of that terrible time in history, but also the remarkable courage of a people whose honor and dignity transcended the chaos that surrounded them. Set against a vivid backdrop of war and change, her thirty-eighth bestselling novel is both living history and outstanding fiction, revealing the stark truth about the betrayal of Americans by their own government … and the triumph of a woman caught between cultures and determined to survive.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue (booknbeachbag) | 2/20/2014

    " Definitely one of the better Danielle Steel books that I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dey | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoyed this books setting and plot. I thought that it was interesting that she chose to place it during a time of war, but this made the hardships between the couple in the story more understandable. The couple in general was in a way, exciting, for the fact that it was forbidden for them to be together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sandra | 2/16/2014

    " Two thumbs up!! Very touching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Asha Seth | 2/7/2014

    " Another one of those stories where the woman suffers and suffers and suffers. Sacrifices and sufferings is all the story is about. It is cute but depressing at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney B | 1/17/2014

    " Pretty good for a Danielle Steele book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stasha | 1/12/2014

    " The story was very interesting to get into,especially reading about what the Japanese [in America:]had to endure during the Second World War.I was barely aware of what had actually taken place and so I feel inspired to delve more deeply into what happened during that time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger D | 1/10/2014

    " Favorite DS book by far. Excellent read that incorporates history with an incredible love story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 1/4/2014

    " I had insomia and this book got me through it. It covers the experience of being Japaneese in America at the time of Pearl Harbor and WWII. Things in this book are still with me today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Mccallum | 1/3/2014

    " It wasn't what I thought it was about but interesting read. I'm almost finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/1/2014

    " I read this when I was a kid and I still remember it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/23/2013

    " sex as always in steel's books but eye opening about the camps and prejudice "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nishathri | 11/26/2013

    " Read this novel years ago, just to get a taste of Steel's fiction & style of writing. I admire her attempt at entwining history with romance and didn't find her writing disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Moon Sarma | 11/20/2013

    " Ok. Nothing much to remember by. Rather too prudish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonnie van der Heide | 10/7/2013

    " Might be preceived as a romantic WW II novel, but tells the terible history og US concentrations camps for Japaneese decendents on the US West Coast. A valuable lesson in history that is seldom spoken about! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 9/24/2013

    " The detail on the internment camps for Japanese US Citizens and Non-Citizens after the Japanese strike at Pearl Harbor are so detailed and vividly described. Although this book is fiction, I believe it should be required reading for literature students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 3/9/2013

    " An interesting story about the seclusion of Japanese Americans during WWII and a romance in the mix. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dinda | 1/16/2013

    " baca waktu SMA, Putri dari Timur "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juanita | 1/11/2013

    " Quite a change from the usual mush. A very interesting and noteworthy look at a period most Americans, and the rest of the world, don't know about, but should. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/1/2012

    " great book. a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 8/28/2012

    " While there is too much romance for my taste, she does intertwine information on Executive Order 9066 (Japanese camps in US during WWII), which, in my opinion, isn't written about enough. This markets it to a whole new group of readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle | 6/11/2012

    " a good history lesson also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxy | 5/27/2012

    " It was a DS book. But a good, quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/11/2012

    " What can I say? It's another Danielle Steel novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annacasino | 4/21/2012

    " Beautiful story. Goes to show how love is strong and can stand the test of reality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah Berry | 12/24/2011

    " I love this book, it was the first Danielle Steel book that I read and I absolutly love it. I highly recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 11/30/2011

    " 405 pages in 4 days. The writing is awful, but the story is interesting enough. Definite beach-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 10/13/2011

    " As I remember I liked this book. I read it so long ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 6/26/2011

    " 405 pages in 4 days. The writing is awful, but the story is interesting enough. Definite beach-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nishathri | 6/25/2011

    " Read this novel years ago, just to get a taste of Steel's fiction & style of writing. I admire her attempt at entwining history with romance and didn't find her writing disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 5/26/2011

    " I read this several years ago and REALLY enjoyed it - once I got past the poor proofreading, that is. Danielle Steel needs a new editor, preferably one who is familiar with the rules of grammar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 1/19/2011

    " This book is one I will already remember. I read it a few years ago now, and wouldn't mind reading it again.

    I'm not a big fan of Danielle Steel's books, but this one is brilliant! I love a good mixture, and this book certainly has that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 1/16/2011

    " Great story about the Japanese interment camps "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/13/2011

    " After a while Danielle Steele's books become the same story in different settings. This was an interesting change "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dinda | 11/17/2010

    " baca waktu SMA, Putri dari Timur "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stesse | 11/10/2010

    " I read it for the Seasonal Reading challenge - only reason why I picked up DS again. Easy read, breathless as usual. At least she touched on a difficult subject - Japanese-American internment during WW2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ankita | 11/5/2010

    " I jUst LOved It

    THere TimeS wHen I crIed .....WhEn i lAughED
    WheN i feLT sad And thEn happY

    THis onEs Is juSt tHe bEst!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Moon | 7/6/2010

    " Ok. Nothing much to remember by. Rather too prudish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 2/18/2010

    " As I remember I liked this book. I read it so long ago. "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over six hundred million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

About the Narrator

Boyd Gaines’ many film credits include Second Best, I’m Not Rappaport, Heartbreak Ridge, Fame, and Porky’s. He’s won two Tony Awards for performances in the The Heidi Chronicles and the musical She Loves Me. On television he’s appeared in A Woman Called Jackie, A Son’s Promise, and in the popular series One Day at a Time.