David Guterson

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"Snow Falling on Cedars"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark FEB 7, 1998)

This is a very surprising novel in its richness and depth. It covers the treatment of the Japanese living in the Pacific Northwest during WW2 when out of prejudice they were interred in camps. In this novel, Guterson handles this disgraceful episode in American history within an excellent murder mystery. 


The story is set in 1950s on Washington's remote San Piedro Island and begins with a mysterious death of a fisherman.  Kabuo Miyamoto is accused of the fisherman's murder, suspicion aroused more out of the post-war distrust of Japanese-Americans than anything else.   To complicate this, the town's newspaperman, Ishmael Chamber, must deal with his own feelings from childhood for his love of Kabuo's wife, Hatsue.  Snow Falling on Cedars is very well written and handles a complicated and sensitive subject so well that I almost overlooked that at the heart of the book is a mysterious murder.

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About the Author:

David GutersonDavid Guterson was born in Seattle in 1956, the son of a criminal lawyer. He received his M.A. from the University of Washington.  He lives on Bainbridge Island in in Puget Sound, Washington with his wife and four children.  Snow Falling on Cedars won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1995. 

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