A Girl Like You: A Novel

A Girl Like You: A Novel

by Maureen Lindley

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Overview

In the 1930s and '40s in Angelina, California, Satomi is the only girl with one white parent and one Japanese parent. There are Japanese families, but Satomi is neither a part of the white community nor the Japanese one. She is "other" to both.

Things get worse for Satomi--and all people with even a drop of Japanese blood--when Japan poses a threat to the United States. Her father joins the Navy, in part to fight for his country, and in part to protect his wife and daughter from racist citizens, but dies in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Rather than being celebrated as a hero, his death is ignored by the neighbors who shun Satomi and her mother. Shortly thereafter, they are taken to internment camps where they are treated like animals.

Satomi's sudden loss of freedom is a terrible thing to bear, and she is disgusted by the utter lack of privacy, the open latrines, the sewage that runs behind their barrack, and the poorly built hovels that allow stinging dirt and dust to enter during frequent storms. But in the camp she finds a community for the first time. Not all of the Japanese residents welcome her, but Satomi and her mother find good friends in the family housed next to them in the barracks, and in the camp doctor, who is drawn to Satomi's spirit and her mother's grace. Satomi cares for Cora, one of the young orphans at the camp, as a daughter.

Throughout it all, Satomi yearns for love. When she is finally freed from the internment camp, she heads east, finding a job, a shabby room, and several suitors in New York. There are men who would make her life easier, those who would take care of her, but Satomi insists on love--and finds it, in unexpected places.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608194537
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Maureen Lindley was born in Berkshire and grew up in Scotland. Having worked as a photographer, antique dealer, and dress designer, she eventually trained as a psychotherapist. Her first novel, The Private Papers of an Eastern Jewel, was published in 2009. She lives in the Wye valley on the Welsh borders with her husband and daughter.
Maureen Lindley was born in Berkshire and grew up in Scotland. She was trained as a psychotherapist and also worked as a photographer, antique dealer and a dress designer before writing her first book, The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel. Maureen lives in the Wye valley on the Welsh borders with her husband.

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A Girl Like You: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Bloomsbury and Maureen Lindley. A Girl Like You is a bittersweet coming of age story of a young girl caught between two worlds. It gives voice to the difficulties faced by Japanese Americans that is too seldom heard. We hear many accounts of how World War II changed life in America. However, the stories do not usually include how the war impacted the lives of minorities in America. Very little is mentioned of the internment camps that existed in America that "housed" thousands of Japanese and Japanese Americans ages ranging from infants to the elderly, healthy and ailing. Angelina is the small town in California that Satori Baker calls home during the the late 1930's. The Bakers' are living on a farm that barely brings in enough money to make ends meet. To add to the difficulties of growing up in the last years of the depression, and the angst associated with becoming a young woman, Satori is dealing with the fact that she is half Japanese and half American. As a half caste, Satori is too American for the Japanese and too Japanese for the Whites in Angelina. With all the challenges Satori is currently dealing with, she is about to find her world turned upside down and inside out when America declares war on the Japan in 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor leaves Satori without her father, her home, and her friends. My Thoughts Satori Baker is strong willed, an independent thinker, determined, and will not allow herself to be ruled just to get along with other people. When the internment camps are shut down, Satori's determination and her survival instinct will be put to the test as Satori tries build a life for herself in a new America that still does not completely accept her kind. How/where will Satori make a new life for herself after the war? Will Satori be able to reclaim the home of her youth? Will the horrors of living in the internment camp forever haunt Satori? "A Girl Like You" is poignant, filled with angst, and moments of joy and beauty that fill the mind of the reader. There are also episodes of despair that are heartrending. The pain of the characters is palpable. It is a thought provoking story that leaves this reader wanting to know more of the untold stories of this time period. By Celeste Thomas
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
You should definitely read this book. Did I enjoy this book: I loved it. It was sad, and serious, and lovely. I read it slowly so I could enjoy the language, the history, the detail. I laughed a few times; I cried more than a few. I got mad at racism, at the Americans who thought they were doing the right thing. I felt ashamed to be a part of a country that created a place like Manzanar, and I was oddly comforted that Sati’s story doesn’t end with a Hollywood Happy Ending: it ends like real life does – like real life did. I’d say the novel is historical fiction about the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II, but it isn’t just that. A Girl Like You is a story about life: about growing up, about loss, about love. It’s about a young woman who, like all of us, tries to find her place in the world while struggling with the terrible and wonderful things that happen to her. In the end, it’s a love story between a girl and her family, and it’s beautiful. Would I recommend it: Absolutely. You should definitely read this book. Will I read it again: Well, let’s just say I’m putting it on my “Favorites” shelf. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)