Requiem

Requiem

By Frances Itani

Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802121233, 317pp.

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

Description
Remarkable . . . "Requiem" delicately probes the complex adjustments we make to live with our sorrows. . . . A] perfectly modulated novel. "The Washington Post"
An extraordinary researcher and scholar of detail, Frances Itaniauthor of the best-selling novel "Deafening"excels at weaving breathtaking fiction from true-life events. In her new novel, she traces the lives, loves, and secrets in one Japanese-Canadian family during and after their internment in the 1940s.
In 1942, in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government removed Bin Okuma's family from their home on British Columbia's west coast and forced them into internment camps. They were allowed to take only the possessions they could carry, and Bin, as a young boy, was forced to watch neighbors raid his family's home before the transport boats even undocked. One hundred miles from the Protected Zone, they had to form new makeshift communities without direct access to electricity, plumbing, or foodfor five years.
Fifty years later, after his wife's sudden death, Bin travels across Canada to find the biological father who has been lost to him. Both running from grief and driving straight toward it, Bin must ask himself whether he truly wants to find First Father, the man who made a fateful decision that almost destroyed his family all those years ago. With his wife's persuasive voice in his head and the echo of their love in his heart, Bin embarks on an unforgettable journey into his past that will throw light on a dark time in history.


About the Author
FRANCES ITANI has written 15 books. Her novels include Requiem, chosen by the Washington Post as one of the top fiction titles for 2012; Remembering the Bones, published internationally and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Award; and the #1 bestseller Deafening, which won a Commonwealth Award, was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was chosen for CBC s Canada Reads, and published in 17 territories. A Member of the Order of Canada and three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award, Itani lives in Ottawa.