The War Between Us (Paperback)
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781516988679, 332pp.
Publication Date: December 14, 2015
Alex Moon is not the enemy.
Six months after Pearl Harbor's tragedy, Korean American Alex Moon is sent away from his home in California for refusing his father's request to join the fight against the Japanese. On his journey, Alex is attacked and stranded in the small town of River Bluff, Indiana. To everyone surrounding him, he looks like the enemy.
Unexpectedly, Alex is befriended by a local girl, Lonnie Hamilton, who comes to his defense, saving him from doubt and despair, while placing herself in the cross hairs of prejudice. Alex falls in love with his ally---a love that is clearly forbidden. Torn between his dual identities, Korean and American, and grappling with how everyone sees him, Alex must wage the war within himself---of defending who he is, resolving his tortured feelings about the war, and fighting for the woman he loves.
***Winner of the Historical Novel Society's Editor's Choice Award***
- "Sarah Creviston Lee crafts a smart, fast-paced, uncensored, and quite moving story of embattled love and obstacles overcome." - Laura Fahey, The Historical Novel Society
What other people are saying about The War Between Us:
"Lonnie and Alex are perfect renderings of their time, cultures, and upbringings. Anyone familiar with multicultural literature will find a new author to love, and readers new to a beautifully developed look at a culture unlike ours will find a new genre to love." - Julie York, InD'Tale Magazine
"Debuting author Sarah Creviston Lee bursts into the historical fiction market with The War Between Us, a distinctive glimpse at post-Pearl Harbor America and the Asian American citizens caught in the resulting backlash of heightened nationalism and fear. Her honest and empathetic handling of the issues, as well as her complex characters, make this a read that remains with you after the cover is closed." - Laurie L. C. Lewis, award-winning author of the Freemen and Dreamers series
"With a well-researched and authentic setting, new perspective, and full and complicated characters, The War Between Us is a great addition to World War II homefront stories." - JoLee, Blogger at Intellectual Recreation
"She really knows her history and weaves her knowledge of the WWII era beautifully into her writing. I found myself drawn into Lonnie and Alex's world. A must for curling up near the fire this winter." - Lisa Rector, author of The Emrys Chronicles series
Interview with the Author
Q: What makes this book special?
A: When I set out to write this book, no one had yet written the story of the Korean Americans during WWII. So, I feel this is an important work to add to the amazing collection of wartime fiction found today. I'm a huge fan of watching Korean dramas, so for all my fellow fans out there, I sprinkled a bunch of fun K-drama tropes throughout my story for them to find as a way to honor the modern Korean culture. Also, I've found that the majority of WWII fiction books are set outside the United States, so being able to add to the growing number of American homefront books was something that was important to me.
Q: Is this book part of a series?
A: Yes. The War Between Us is the first book in a trilogy set in the fictional Indiana town of River Bluff. While the first book focuses on Lonnie and Alex, the subsequent books will focus on Lonnie's friends. The second book is set to be published in 2020.
Q: Why should readers give this book a try?
A: If readers and lovers of historical fiction are looking for a fresh perspective on World War II that they've never read, then they will enjoy this book. There are many stories that have been told from that era, but this is the first to capture the plight of the Korean Americans.
Thank you so much and happy reading