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'This is classic whodunnit territory but Guterson's fiercely intelligent and moving novel is far more than a murder mystery Guterson has written a novel about the human condition that marvellously combines tenderness and excitement' The Times 'A skilfully constructed, deeply affecting story of love and death This is a hugely attractive book, written in clipped elegant prose' Sunday Times 'Compelling a flawlessly written first novel' New York Times 'The death of a fisherman turns into a murder trial and a test of passions brewed since Pearl Harbour between two heritages claustrophobically locked on one dot of land. Love and morality are beautifully choreographed into an exceptional debut novel' Daily Mail
San Piedro Island in Puget Sound is a place so isolated that no-one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese-American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.
In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than one man's guilt. For on San Piedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries – memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and a Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memories of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbours watched.
Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, 'Snow Falling On Cedars' is a masterpiece of suspense – but one that leaves us shaken and changed.
"Luminous…a beautifully assured and full-bodied novel that becomes a tender examination of fairness and forgiveness…Guterson has fashioned something haunting and true."
PICO IYER, 'Time'.
The book isn't fast paced, but it's gripping. At first it seems almost too slow and as though the author is digressing with back story which isn't relevant - but as you read on you... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Patsy Collins
Quick delivery. This is a very moving and fascinating book with a personal and historical theme. We discussed it at our reading group. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by MB
A really beautiful book full of exquisite writing, well rounded believable characters and enough suspense to keep me hanging in to the last page.Published 4 months ago by Anastasia
the sort of book I love; I learnt about a time in relatively recent history that I knew nothing about - Japanese immigrants in the USA during WW2. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SCW
An excellent book on many levels providing a good read. Thoroughly enjoyable as well as thought provoking.Published 6 months ago by Eric C Davis
2nd reading of this book, still very much involved with. Lovely but sad story.Published 6 months ago by Virginia Snooks