Postponed - Novelist Susan Meissner presents The Last Year of War

 

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Join us for an evening of historical fiction at it's best, when Susan Meissner comes to Eagle Harbor Book Co on Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 pm. She will read from The Last Year of War, a novel about a German American teenager whose life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent to an internment camp during World War II.
 
In 1943, Elise Sontag is a typical American teenager from Iowa—aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity. The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences.
 
But when the Sontag family is exchanged for American prisoners behind enemy lines in Germany, Elise will face head-on the person the war desires to make of her. In that devastating crucible she must discover if she has the will to rise above prejudice and hatred and re-claim her own destiny, or disappear into the image others have cast upon her.
 
Susan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She is the award-winning author of A Fall of MarigoldsSecrets of a Charmed LifeStars over Sunset BoulevardA Bridge Across the Ocean, and As Bright as Heaven, among other novels.

The Last Year of the War tells a little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our own times and challenges the very notion of who we are when who we’ve always been is called into question.

“Vivid historical detail and elegant prose bolster this rewarding story of profound friendship, family, fear, and the pain that arose for American-born children of immigrant parents.”—Publishers Weekly

“Meissner has created a quietly devastating story that shows how fear and hatred during World War II changed (and even ended) the lives of many innocent Americans.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A heartbreaking, thought-provoking work of historical women's fiction.”—Booklist

Event date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
157 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
The Last Year of the War Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780451492166
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - April 7th, 2020