Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
This book truly moved me into another time and place: a small island, San Piedro in Puget Sound in 1954. The story centers around the trial of Kabuo Miyamoto for the murder of a fellow islander fisherman but this is really mainly a device to explore the personalities and interconnected lives of the islanders-it is not your usual mystery book.
You get to know the islanders relationships in the past, including the friendships that were broken apart by the forced movement of the Japanese-American islanders inland during WWII and the current state of relationships, about salmon fishing and fishermen and even strawberry farmers!
This book won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award in 1995.
I really enjoyed this book: it is a thoughtful book and I will continue to think about the ideas raised here.
This is my first book review for the 2009 Support your Local Library Challenge .