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Set in 1944 Chicago, Edgar Award-winner Naomi Hirahara’s eye-opening and poignant new mystery, the story of a young woman searching for the truth about her revered older sister's death, brings to focus the struggles of one Japanese-American family released from mass incarceration at Manzanar during World War II. 

Twenty-year-old Aki Ito and her parents have just been released from Manzanar, where they have been detained by the US government since the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, together with thousands of other Japanese Americans. The life in California the Itos were forced to leave behind is gone; instead, they are being resettled 2,000 miles away in Chicago, where Aki’s older sister, Rose, was sent months earlier and moved to the new Japanese-American neighborhood near Clark and Division streets. But on the eve of the Ito family’s reunion, Rose is killed by a subway train. 

Aki, who worshipped her sister, is stunned. Officials are ruling Rose’s death a suicide. Aki cannot believe her perfect, polished, and optimistic sister would end her life. Her instinct tells her there is much more to the story, and she knows she is the only person who could ever learn the truth. 

Inspired by historical events, Clark and Division infuses an atmospheric and heartbreakingly real-crime fiction plot with rich period details and delicately wrought personal stories Naomi Hirahara has gleaned from 30 years of research and archival work in Japanese-American history.

©2021 Naomi Hirahara (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Wonderful!

A heart-wrenching, hopeful, and mesmerizing mystery set mainly in WWII Chicago. The story was fantastic and the narration spot on. Absolutely loved this book! Highest recommendation.

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Not worth your time in my view

I am mystified by all the positive reviews.. I found the writing overrun with cliches, the characters shallow and undeveloped, the scenarios not credible and the narration was absolutely terrible. There is a lot to be learned about the Japanese experience during WW2 but this book certainly doesn't do a good job of treating it.

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Another Win for Naomi Hirahara! Buy It Today!

A well crafted story that appropriately integrates the cultural and historic tidbits that rounds off the development of the characters and their perspectives. This unique style Hirahara employs is what is enduring to her fans.

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