Don’t miss Diane Dettmann’s book, Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph, the latest in her series about Yasu Sakamoto and her trials as a Japanese American during World War II.
In June of 1944, as World War II rages on overseas, a feeling of defeat looms over eighteen-year-old Yasu Sakamoto. Three years of her young life have wasted away in a Japanese internment camp in eastern California. Imprisoned by barbwire and military guards, she yearns for freedom and lifelong dreams waiting for her beyond the fence. In this skillfully woven coming-of-age story, Yasu’s journey began in Diane Dettmann’s book, Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel, and carries readers into the next phase of Yasu Sakamoto’s life. Bombarded with barriers of discrimination and prejudice, Yasu realizes—like the barbwire fences—there will always be obstacles in her life that take courage, determination and sometimes the support of others to overcome.
What others are saying…
“Despite uncertainty, discrimination and overt racism, Yasu’s determination to survive sets her in opposition to the anti-Japanese fervor that gripped post-Pearl Harbor, WWII America. Dettmann captures beautifully the young protagonist’s poignant struggle to survive and thrive amidst the pro-American hubbub that was coupled with overtly anti-Japanese propaganda of the time.”
—Beth L. Virtanen, Ph.D. President, Finnish North-American Literature Association
Professor and Assistant Program Director, South University, Online
“Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph is a poignant story of courage and determination with unmistakable relevance today.”
—Ann Wolff, president of the Stillwater Public Library Foundation
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About the Author:
DIANE DETTMANN is the author of Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel; the sequel, Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph; and Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal. She is also the co-author of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants and a contributing author for the national Women’s Voices for Change organization in New York City and the Open to Hope Grief Foundation in Palo Alto, California. More information available on Diane’s website.