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Farewell to Manzanar Research Paper Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatuski Houston is a book about the authors personal experience before during and after her internment at Manzanar This research paper will provide a brief description of the publication of the book a brief synopsis of the novel and give a critical evaluation of the novel The San Francisco Book Company first published this book in San Francisco in October 1973 nearly thirty years after the authors experience Condensations by Newsday Magazine were published in January of 1974 The new Bantam edition was then published in November of 1974 This was Jeanne Wakatuskis first publication and her co-writer for the book was her husband James D Houston She and her husband have since gone on to write many other books together such as Between Battles and A Native Son of the Golden West The book Farewell to Manzanar is about Jeanne a Japanese girl who was taken to Manzanar an internment camp in California It describes the affects the experience had on her and her family She describes its devastating effects on her family friends and herself The New York Times Bk Reviews pg 31 Her mother Granny and family members were placed in a single one-room barrack at Manzanar They lived there for close to four years in a place described as a crowed makeshift unsanitary degrading camp that not only destroyed her families pride she says but broke the vital link with the past that had kept the family together and preserved a sense of Japanese culture even in California New York Time Bk Review Pg31 After Jeanne and her family were freed from the interment camp Jeanne Wakatuski goes on to describe how the family had no place to live She and her family went to live in a ghetto town called Cabrillo Homes a housing project in West Long Beach where many Japanese families were forced to live after they were
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