As we near the 81 year mark since Japanese Americans were first forced into internment camps, it’s imperative that their stories live on and that future generations learn from them.
Justice is precarious and easily perverted, yet in spite of this, human nature is defined by its resilience.
It’s in this spirit of reverence that author Shirley Miller Kamada would like to announce the January 5, 2023 debut of her historical fiction novel, No Quiet Water.
No Quiet Water shines poignant light on current issues of racism and radical perspectives with strict attention to historical accuracy.
PRAISE FOR NO QUIET WATER:
“With rich abundant details of what daily life was like inside a U.S. internment camp during WWII, No Quiet Water is a poignant, touching story of an adolescent boy and his loyal dog that travels hundreds of miles to be with him.” —Alden Hayashi, author of Two Nails, One Love
“A lovingly-told story about a boy and his dog, set within the context of the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II. Shirley Miller Kamada’s book serves as an introduction for a wide range of readers to this dark chapter of American history. While a work of fiction, it is grounded in the author’s archival research to describe the places many once tried to forget.”—Barbara Johns, PhD, author of Kenjiro Nomura,American Modernist: An Issei Artist’s Journey
“Kamada’s debut novel chronicles the Miyota family’s imprisonment at two West Coast internment camps in the 1940s. ... A well-plotted and engaging historical novel.”—Kirkus Review
ABOUT NO QUIET WATER:
After the U.S. declares war on Japan in 1941, all persons of Japanese descent in the Western U.S. come under suspicion.
Curfews are imposed, bank accounts frozen, and FBI agents search homes randomly.
Despite the fact that two generations of the Miyota family are American citizens, Fumio, his parents, and 3-year-old sister must pack meager belongings and are transported under military escort to an internment camp.
The Miyotas leave their farm and dog Flyer in the care of their good friends and neighbors the Whitlocks.
The Miyotas suffer unimaginable insults, witness prejudice and violent protests, are forced to live in squalor, and are provided only poor-quality, unfamiliar food which makes them ill.
Fumio learns what it means to endure while discovering a new world of possibility and belonging.
Lyrical, visual, and rendered with strict attention to historical accuracy, No Quiet Water shines a poignant light on current issues of racism and radical perspectives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shirley Miller Kamada is a former educator, education director, and
Publisher: Black Rose Writing