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At the Foot of the Lighthouse

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I am American. We are all Americans.
The year is 1942. A Japanese-American girl’s life is turned upside down by Executive Order 9066, and she must cope with a life confined to the barbed wire of an internment camp in the Arizona desert. There, she struggles to weigh her continued loyalty to her country (which has betrayed and ostracized everyone she loves) against a closely
ebook, 32 pages
Published May 2nd 2012 by Tor Books
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Burgandy Ice
May 04, 2012 Burgandy Ice rated it it was amazing

This story is not long... I want to say, "just go read it real quick and get your own impression" 'cause it's short and fast and free at But I didn't read it until I saw the review at Calico Reaction... and the review was pretty mind-blowing. (Which is how I found the story!)

For being so short, it's jamb-packed with explosive emotion. I've experienced some prejudice and maybe that effects my understanding of the story, but the author's intentions were immediately clear to me. I r
At the Foot of the Lighthouse is a short story that can be found for free at Even though it is free it is defiantly a story worth reading.

The story takes place during World War II at a time when the United States was at war with Japan which lead to internment camps in the USA to be made. The main character in At the Foot of the Lighthouse, Amy (also called Aki-san by her grandmother), is a young Japanese girl living in an internment camp during this time.

At the Foot of the Lighthouse ta
May 07, 2012 Autumn rated it it was amazing
An excellent, if slightly disturbing yet thought provoking short story. Highly recommend. You can read the entire story on the website- . You can purchase an ebook version as well for only .99 cents. Will definitely be purchasing!

Jun 11, 2012 {eri} rated it really liked it
Beautiful storytelling and poignant for such a short piece. The narrative is so heartfelt and believable with such an important and under discussed topic. Wish this was a full length novel to be read!
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Erin Hoffman was born in San Diego and now lives in northern California. She started an online writing group at age 15, and at 18 started as an assistant game designer for Simutronics on DragonRealms. Her other game credits include Shadowbane: The Lost Kingdom, GoPets: Vacation Island, Kung Fu Panda World, and FrontierVille. She also serves on the International Game Developers Association’s board ...more
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