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Book: Snow Falling on Cedars
Author: David Guterson
Contributor: Natuko Cyr
Review: This is a beautifully written, partly detective, story by an American author who lives on Bainbridge Island of Puget Sound. The story takes place in this area of Washington coast. It is about a murder case where a Japanese American, Kabuo Miyamoto, is accused of killing a German-American fisherman Carl Heine.

Several witnesses includes Carl’s mother, a stereotype anti-Japanese. The author, in this story, describes very well underlying prejudices present during the murder trial. In spite of ugly racial prejudices, the ending is a heart-soothing one.

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