Silent Honor

Silent Honor

by Danielle Steel
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Silent Honor by Danielle Steel

In her 38th bestselling novel, Danielle Steel creates a powerful, moving portrayal of families divided, lives shattered and a nation torn apart by prejudice during a shameful episode in recent American history.

A man ahead of his time, Japanese college professor Masao Takashimaya of Kyoto had a passion for modern ideas that was as strong as his wife's belief in ancient traditions. It was the early 1920s and Masao had dreams for the future--and a fascination with the politics and opportunities of a world that was changing every day. Twenty years later, his eighteen-year-old daughter Hiroko, torn between her mother's traditions and her father's wishes, boarded the SS Nagoya Maru to come to California for an education and to make her father proud. It was August 1941.

From the ship, she went directly to the Palo Alto home of her uncle, Takeo, and his family. To Hiroko, California was a different world--a world of barbeques, station wagons and college. Her cousins in California had become more American than Japanese. And much to Hiroko's surprise, Peter Jenkins, her uncle's assistant at Stanford, became an unexpected link between her old world and her new. But in spite of him, and all her promises to her father, Hiroko longs to go home. At college in Berkeley, her world is rapidly and unexpectedly filled with prejudice and fear.

On December 7, Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese. Within hours, war is declared and suddenly Hiroko has become an enemy in a foreign land. Terrified, begging to go home, she is nonetheless ordered by her father to stay. He is positive she will be safer in California than at home, and for a brief time she is--until her entire world caves in.

On February 19, Executive Order 9066 is signed by President Roosevelt, giving the military the power to remove the Japanese from their communities at will. Takeo and his family are given ten days to sell their home, give up their jobs, and report to a relocation center, along with thousands of other Japanese and Japanese Americans, to face their destinies there. Families are divided, people are forced to abandon their homes, their businesses, their freedom, and their lives. Hiroko and her uncle's family go first to Tanforan, and from there to the detention center at Tule Lake. This extraordinary novel tells what happened to them there, creating a portrait of human tragedy and strength, divided loyalties and love. It tells of Americans who were treated as foreigners in their own land. And it tells Hiroko's story, and that of her American family, as they fight to stay alive amid the drama of life and death in the camp at Tule Lake.

With clear, powerful prose, Danielle Steel portrays not only the human cost of that terrible time in history, but also the remarkable courage of a people whose honor and dignity transcended the chaos that surrounded them. Set against a vivid backdrop of war and change, her thirty-eighth bestselling novel is both living history and outstanding fiction, revealing the stark truth about the betrayal of Americans by their own government...and the triumph of a woman caught between cultures and determined to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440244028
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/29/2007
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s book Pretty Minnie in Paris.


San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67

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Silent Honor 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone born in one of thos internment camps, I am now at the age where I want to know more about where I came from. Silent Honor tells me of the hardships my parents and thousand of others had to endure. At times it almost seems barbaric. I am glad I had the chance to read this book. It makes me appreciate so much more, what the Japanese and Japanese Americans went through.
Patty326 More than 1 year ago
The story was heartwarming and sad as well, but I did enjoy the outocme, i read Silent Honor twice
Germaine85 More than 1 year ago
I understand that this book is unbelievably old and my review is years late. But either way im gonna say what i have to say. I have read Ms. Steels books and what i can say is that she has captivated me throughout the years. The book is about a very traditional Japanese family how they sent their only daughter to America to start her education and how her life changes from then on. The author has brought out the traditions and beliefs of the Japanese families very well. I applaud her for her extensive research on the subject. Lets start with the aspects that i believed worked for this book. The Book was well researched before she wrote it. She definitely brought out the true horrific details of the cruelties aimed at Japanese people during the war. For that i applaud her. In terms of the story line, keeping aside the fact of the camps and the bitter journey the Tanaka family goes through, all i have to say is i believe the love story portrayed is truly unimaginative. Peter a man of substance falling in love with a girl in a matter of minutes was just a disappointment. The fact that Tad loved Hiroko from the very beginning and suddenly as soon as he knows sally likes him his all up to get married to Sally. The ending i thought was just an attempt to finish the book off quickly. Hiroko goes to Japan looking for her parents and mind you all this time its pretty obvious that all hope for her husband is over but suddenly he shows up. There's no surprise in his face when he finds out that he has a son.. just a question or two.. i just felt throughout the latter stages of the book, it turned out to be a big disappointment to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Touching, a wonderful story
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story and Ms. Steel does a great job of showing how the Japanese were treated after the bombibg of Pearl Harbor. Hiroko is a great character. She overcomes many challenges put before her. I Strongly recommend this book to anyone!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is great, the history is nice but the only thing about that gets me irritated is that Hiroko is just TOO perfect! She's intelligent, pretty, sweet, a fast learner, etc. I found two flaws about her though, she's very shy and dependant on her parents. But over all, it's a good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The subject material is what attracted me to read this book. I wanted to see how a well known author handled it. I don't normally read romance, and this is my first introduction to DS. I'll start with the positive: The book was an engaging enough read. No long drawn out sections where it bogged down. The subject matter was handled respectfully. It was at times heartfelt and eloquent. The negatives: The prose sometimes felt repetitive.
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