G.P. Putnam's Sons
On Sale: July 3, 2018
Featuring: Louis Thorn; "Harry" Yamada
Hardcover / e-Book
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Women's Fiction Historical
Two young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family
secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens
during World War II..
Louis Thorn and Haruto “Harry” Yamada—Eagle and Crane—are
the star attractions of Earl Shaw’s Flying Circus, a
daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that
traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a
complicated relationship, thanks to the Thorn family’s
belief that the Yamadas—Japanese immigrants—stole land
that should have stayed in the Thorn family.
When Louis and Harry become aerial stuntmen, performing
death-defying tricks high above audiences, they’re both
drawn to Shaw’s smart and appealing stepdaughter, Ava
Brooks. After the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and one of
Shaw’s planes mysteriously crashes and two charred bodies
are discovered in it, authorities conclude that the
victims were Harry and his father, Kenichi, who had
escaped from a Japanese internment camp they had been sent
to by the federal government. To the local sheriff, the
situation is open and shut. But to the lone FBI agent
assigned to the case, the details don’t add up.
Thus begins an investigation into what really happened to
cause the plane crash, who was in the plane when it fell
from the sky, and why no one involved seems willing to
tell the truth. By turns an absorbing mystery and a
fascinating exploration of race, family and loyalty, Eagle
and Crane is that rare novel that tells a gripping story
as it explores a terrible era of American history.
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