Grant, Kimi Cunningham. Silver Like Dust:One Family’s Story of America’s Japanese Internment. unabridged. 6 CDs. 7.5 Hours. AudioGo. Jan 2012. ISBN: 978-0-7927-8472-2. $59.95. NF
1941, Kimi’s grandmother, Obaachan and her family where forced from their home into an Internment Camp for Japanese in Wyoming. They remained imprisoned, surrounded by armed guards for over 3 years. The shame or haji, haunts Obaachan well into her 80’s when Kimi begins asking her about those lost years. As Kimi learns about her grandmother’s young adult-hood, marriage and first child, she forms a relationship with her grandmother that hadn’t existed before. This is a heartwarming, informative and accessible tale of personal family history from a little mentioned era. Grant seamlessly intersperses the narrative with facts about WWII, Japan and the period. Grant’s narrative is not just a story of the Japanese Internment but is a loving tribute to her grandmother. Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller who allows the story to flow beautifully. Recommended to fans of Theresa Weir (The Orchard) and Amy Tan (Rules for Virgins).
-Terry Ann Lawler - Phoenix Public Library, AZ.