No Quiet Water

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Pub Date 5 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 30 Jul 2024

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Description

After the U.S. declares war on Japan in 1941, all persons of Japanese descent in the Western U.S. come under suspicion. Curfews are imposed, bank accounts frozen, and FBI agents search homes randomly.

Despite the fact that two generations of the Miyota family are American citizens, Fumio and his parents and sister Kimiko must pack meager belongings and are transported under military escort to the California desert to be held at Camp Manzanar, leaving their good friends and neighbors the Whitlocks to care for their farm and their dog, Flyer.

The family suffer unimaginable insults, witness prejudice and violent protests, are forced to live in squalor, and are provided only poor-quality, unfamiliar food which makes them ill. Later, they are transferred to Idaho’s Camp Minidoka, where Fumio learns what it means to endure and where he discovers a strange new world of possibility and belonging.

Lyrical, visual, and rendered with strict attention to historical accuracy, No Quiet Water, shines a poignant light on current issues of racism and radical perspectives.

After the U.S. declares war on Japan in 1941, all persons of Japanese descent in the Western U.S. come under suspicion. Curfews are imposed, bank accounts frozen, and FBI agents search homes...


A Note From the Publisher

Shirley Miller Kamada grew up on a farm in northeastern Colorado. She has been an educator in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington, a bookstore-espresso café owner in Centralia, Washington, and director of a learning center in Olympia, Washington. When not writing, she enjoys casting a fly rod, particularly from the dock at her home on Moses Lake in Central Washington, which she shares with her husband and two spoiled pups.

Shirley Miller Kamada grew up on a farm in northeastern Colorado. She has been an educator in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington, a bookstore-espresso café owner in Centralia, Washington, and director of...


Advance Praise

2024 Maxy Awards Finalist - Historical & Adventure

2023 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist - Asian American & Pacific Islander Fiction

"A well-plotted and engaging historical novel." -Kirkus Reviews

"In No Quiet Water, Shirley Miller Kamada blends breathless writing with quiet lyricism in showing World War II hardships through the eyes of a Japanese American boy and his border collie, Flyer." -Friends Journal

"With rich, abundant details of what daily life was like inside a U.S. internment camp during World War II, No Quiet Water is a poignant, touching story of an adolescent boy and his loyal dog that travels hundreds of miles to be with him." -Alden Hayashi, author of Two Nails, One Love

"A lovingly-told story about a boy and his dog, set within the context of the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II. Shirley Miller Kamada's book serves as an introduction for a wide range of readers to this dark chapter of American history." -Barbara Johns, PhD, author of Kenjori Nomura, American Modernist: An Issei Artist's Journey

2024 Maxy Awards Finalist - Historical & Adventure

2023 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist - Asian American & Pacific Islander Fiction

"A well-plotted and engaging historical novel." -Kirkus...


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ISBN 9781685130978
PRICE US$5.99 (USD)
PAGES 355

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