Hirahara, Naomi

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Once again, Hirahara illuminates the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II by embodying them in the lives of the Ito family. The author weaves a compelling tale, which is all the more poignant as it reminds readers of the shameful treatment of Japanese Americans, along with the racial prejudice still at work. A must-read.

Clark and Division

Hirahara does a masterly job of incorporating extensive historical research into an emotionally compelling story. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy high-quality historical fiction with well-drawn characters and an engrossing plot.

Iced in Paradise

Featuring family loyalties, surfing, and a distinct lifestyle, this character-driven, atmospheric mystery may appeal to new adults and those readers interested in Hawaiian culture.

Hiroshima Boy

Hirahara completes her Edgar Award-winning series with a quiet and melancholy mystery that explores the tragic legacy of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Not surprisingly, she dedicates this novel to the hibakusha, the survivors.

Sayonara Slam: A Mas Arai Mystery

It is 2009 and Korea is playing Japan in the World Baseball Classic at L...

Murder on Bamboo Lane: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery

Scoop this one up! Known for her "Mas Arai" series (Summer of the Big Bachi), Hirahara's new series debut strikes just the right tone, neatly tuned into the twentysomething set. Her multiethnic cast promises a fascinating future for a cozy series tangling with serious topics.

Strawberry Yellow: A Mas Arai Mystery

Strong on narrative, with irascible but likable characters, the latest entry in Edgar Award-winning Hirahara's series should expand her readership. The "Mas Arai" series provides both a unique cultural framework and intriguing and satisfying stories with an honorable and complex man at their core.

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