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The Climate of the Country

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This new novel by award-winning author Marnie Mueller tells the tragic and dramatic story of Tule Lake Japanese American Segregation Camp during World War II. It is narrated from the unique insider view of Denton Jordan, a conscientious objector, and his wife Esther, who are both living and working in the camp.

In this gripping tale of the disintegration of loyalty, love, a
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Curbstone Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Sarah Crawford
Feb 21, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is a story about the Tule Lake internment camp after it became a segregation camp.

The story behind that is this: the persons of Japanese ancestry in the internment camps had to fill out a survey that had two very controversial questions. Number 27 asked if the person signing would be willing to serve in the US military, and number 28 asked if they were willing to give up any allegiance they had to the Emperor of Japan.

This was bad in a variety of ways. For one thing, the people answering th
Jul 09, 2014 Dholsten rated it did not like it
Disappointing. Too much explaining within the protagonist's inner monologues. The tension builds way too slowly (albeit there is the camp riot that takes place immediately, but the resolutions drag and the characters that are met fail to make a deep-rooted connection with this reader's mind). Found myself skipping chapters, and towards the end, a silly sex scene is written and the ending of the suspected, flat.
Dec 08, 2009 Linda rated it did not like it
WWII Japanese internment from the perspective of a conscientious objector working at the Tule Lake camp. Heartbreaking and emotionally difficult to read.
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I was born in the Tule Lake Japanese American High Security camp in Northern California during WWII to Caucasian parents who had gone there to work to try to make a terrible situation tolerable for the people incarcerated there.

In 1963, I answered President Kennedy's call to "ask not what you country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country." The very day I entered the Peace Corps
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