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Garden of Stones

Garden of Stones
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"Resonant and universal...a gripping story."
   —Publishers Weekly

 Target's Book Club pick for March 2013!

In the dark days of war, a mother makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Lucy Takeda is just fourteen years old, living in Los Angeles, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home, rounded up—along with thousands of other innocent Japanese-Americans—and taken to the Manzanar prison camp.

Buffeted by blistering heat and choking dust, Lucy and Miyako must endure the harsh living conditions of the camp. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring beautiful, vulnerable Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever...and spur her to sins of her own.

Garden Of Stones is a harrowing tale of stolen innocence and survival that echoes through generations, reverberating between mothers and daughters. It is a moving chronicle of injustice, triumph and the unspeakable acts we commit in the name of love.

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"This book is a searing depiction of what can happen when authorities have a captive population at their mercy; of how lives are altered forever, even after wars are long over. 5 stars."
   —San Francisco Book Review (read the full review)

"Mesmerizing...a story of unspeakable injustice and bitter sacrifice."

"Resonant and universal...a gripping story."
   —Publishers Weekly

"Suspense, mystery, and love drive the intricate plot in this moving drama...the shocking revelation is unforgettable."

"A powerful tale."
   —Women's Day

"A story that brought so many emotions...I absolutely LOVED this book."
   —Review From Here (read the full review)

"Garden of Stones will break your heart...If you're not affected, then you're just not paying attention."
   —Tez Says (read the full review)

"A haunting story...very well told."
   —Inside the Mind of a Bibliophile (read the full review)

"Fascinating, well-written and believable...Highly recommend."
   —Nicki Markus (read the full review)

"Well written, with wonderful characterisation and an intriguing storyline, Garden of Stones is a heartbreaking, fascinating and poignant tale of struggle and survival whose bittersweet ending haunts you long after the final page is turned."
   —Book'd Out (read the full review)

"Littlefield writes characters that are easy to relate to and empathise with...She's a natural at this kind of historical fiction."
   —Sam Still Reading (read the full review)

"Littlefield's entwining of [the characters'] lives within the historical details makes for smart, mind-bending reading that you can't put down."
   —The Poisoned Pen (read the full review)

"Amidst one of the most darkest and most shameful chapters in American history, Sophie Littlefield weaves together a story of betrayal, survival, and the transcending power of love."
   —Confessions of a Book Junkie (read the full review)

"In this poignant narrative, a tragic history is recounted, and the true bravery of women and mothers is explored. Beautifully rendered and touching."
   —Barbara Taylor Sissel (read the full review)

"An enthralling read...recommended to fans of contemporary and modern history."
   —The Australian Bookshelf (read the full review)

"Sophie Littlefield has crafted a well-written, emotionally intense tale, full of rich detail and with several well-placed, shocking plot twists. Garden of Stones is a moving story of love between mothers and daughters, of the search for meaning despite the cruelties inflicted during a hard life, and of the many different roads toward hope and survival."
   —Bookshelf Fantasies (read the full review)

"I highly recommend this book regardless of your preferred astoundingly well-written novel."
   —Blogaholic (read the full review)

"A tale of love, sacrifice, survival and the unfathomable cost of fear and social prejudice on innocents... the detail felt credible and held my attention completely."
   —The Eclectic Reader (read the full review)

"A damn good novel...Garden of Stones reaches far beyond anything Littlefield has written to date...beautiful in its depiction of the human spirit's will to survive."
   —Jen's Book Thoughts (read the full review)

"A surprising gem of a novel about a black time in American history."
   —Savvy Verse and Wit (read the full review)

"I've never read a more moving and realistic novel about the interment camps—A+."
   —Books & Reviews (read the full review)

"A fascinating and powerful tale of this period in American history...will keep you turning pages."
   —Strangely Literary (read the full review)

"Garden of Stones is a remarkable novel, telling two stories that are often forgotten, Manzanar, and the story of women. I can't recommend it highly enough as a selection for book groups."
   —Lesa's Book Critiques (read the full review)

"A deep historical that shines a timely spotlight on a dark period in American history."
   —Genre Go Round Reviews (read the full review)

"Incredibly moving...Littlefield's characters practically jump off the page."
   —Book Addiction (read the full review)

"Carefully plotted, well crafted, and told with sympathy, the story of Lucy, Miyako and their fellow Japanese Americans will move you deeply."
   —Starting Fresh (read the full review)

"Melodic and hypnotizing...highly recommended."
   —Mel's Random Reviews (read the full review)

"A real page turner—part suspense, part drama. Highly recommended!"
   —All Things Bookish (read the full review)

Harlequin MIRA, Paperback, February 2013, ISBN: 9780778313526