In the mid-1980's Lily goes missing, something she has done before, but never for long periods of time. Her daughter knows her mother wanders off and suffers from dissociation and memory lapses. The police reluctantly take the case and Rita feels they are not taking things seriously, so she takes matters into her own hands and begins her own investigation. Rita quickly discovers various family secrets including her family's internment at a camp in the California desert during the Second World War, and the father she has never known. Through her search Rita learns more about her family, her mother, and herself than she imagined.
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I have gotten more and more into books like this and I am loving the things that I am learning and they way it is changing my views as a reader and woman. There are aspect of our history that we don't know about because we don't do much research anymore. In this novel a woman begins a search for her mother and gains so much more understanding of her mom, family, and begins to understand herself in the process. I love how these books make me look at myself, even sometimes look at my mom and wonder what are some things she experienced that I don't know about, how has her life shaped her into the woman she is.
This is a book that touches your hear and makes you long for something more. It does have suspenseful moments, but not in the edge of your seat kind of suspense, but the anticipation that builds and grows until you cannot hold it in any longer. It is very well written and easy to get lost within. While this isn't my normal genre I go to, I did enjoy reading Leslie Shimotakahara's novel. I will be looking for more from her and give this a 5 out of 5.