Tom Sakai was a 2nd generation Japanese-American living and growing up in America. His life has been difficult because in many ways he and his older brother are trapped between two worlds. No matter how hard they tried, many only saw them as only Japanese, rather than as Americans, and unfortunately they were often treated poorly because of it.
This was Tom's story. The tale of his life and the choices he made, many of which appeared to be because he had no other options left available to him at the time. People looked at him and saw a Japanese man, ignoring that he was born an American. And unfortunately things only became even more difficult after Pearl Harbor was attacked & thus brought the United States into WWII.
I greatly enjoyed reading this book. It easily captured my interest and held it, leaving me barely able to bring myself to put it down so that I could sleep at night. The characters were complex and well-rounded. The story was well thought out, and I loved the way in which the reader learns all the complexities of what is unfolding as the story progresses.
Anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially those stories set during WWII should read this book. I happened to read the 2nd book in this series before this one, but as each book is a stand alone novel, it didn't lessen my enjoyment of either book or give away any spoilers. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.