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Bridge of Scarlet Leaves
by Kristina McMorris

Published: 2012-03-01
Paperback : 448 pages
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Los Angeles. 1941. Violinist Maddie Kern's life seemed destined to unfold with the predictable elegance of a Bach concerto. Then she fell in love with Lane Moritomo. Her brother's best friend, Lane is the handsome, ambitious son of Japanese immigrants. Maddie was prepared for disapproval ...
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Los Angeles. 1941. Violinist Maddie Kern's life seemed destined to unfold with the predictable elegance of a Bach concerto. Then she fell in love with Lane Moritomo. Her brother's best friend, Lane is the handsome, ambitious son of Japanese immigrants. Maddie was prepared for disapproval from their families, but when Pearl Harbor is bombed the day after she and Lane elope, the full force of their decision becomes apparent. In the eyes of a fearful nation, Lane is no longer just an outsider, but an enemy.

When her husband is interned at a war relocation camp, Maddie follows, sacrificing her Juilliard ambitions. Behind barbed wire, tension simmers and the line between patriot and traitor blurs. As Maddie strives for the hard-won acceptance of her new family, Lane risks everything to prove his allegiance to America, at tremendous cost.

Skillfully capturing one of the most controversial episodes in recent American history, Kristina McMorris draws readers into a novel filled with triumphs and heartbreaking loss--an authentic, moving testament to love, forgiveness, and the enduring music of the human spirit.

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1.) Where did the title come from?
2.) What is the difference between honor in American culkture and Japanese culture?
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An Author who likes to chat!
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I spoke with the author on facebook and she gladly made arrangements for us to Skype or conference her in to our meeting.

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  "A 22 out of 10!"by susanbonnet (see profile) 10/16/13

We loved the book. The author, Kristina McMorris, was kind enough to chat with us during out meeting. The perspective and insight she gave was fantastic. It was interesting to find out her writing process,... (read more)

 
  "WOW!!!"by FriendshipSisters (see profile) 04/20/12

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris is such an amazing book. I loved every page of this book and felt such a strong emotional connection to the characters. My heart truly hurt for... (read more)

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