novel describes the trail of a Japanese American fisherman accused of murdering a white
colleague. The only one who can prove that the Japanese man, Kabou Miyanut, is innocent is his
strawberry farms owned by a family were common. The people who lived in San Piedro were
mixed racially though. For the most part, the people were white, many of whom were of Bavarian
decent, and the other were common. The people who lived in San Piedro were mixed racially
though. For the most part, the people were white, many whom were of Bavarian decent, and
other were of Japanese decent. The Japanese in the town were looked down upon, and were not
people of San Piedro were scorned. Many of the Japanese were thought to be spies and were
espionage could take place. After World War II and the Japanese were allowed to return to their
homes, they were still scored and looked upon for being Japanese. The past events are effecting
families have done.
Amand comments,?From the first push of immigration, when poor Japanese took
Japanese with trepidation and fear, tinged with the sentiment of superiority?
Halsue. Ishmael and Halsue would meet alone in a hollowed cedar tree.
The critic, Amand, comments on, ?The puppy love between Hatsue and Ishmael
touchingly and easily rendered by Guterson, in an impossible one. Both of their parents forbid the
point during the book Ishmael has a flashback that he is in love with Hatsue. On page 94,
?Ishmael Chambers, watching Hatsue, remembered digging geoduct clams with her below the
bluff at South Beach. Hatsue, carrying a garden shovel and a metal pail rusted through in its
bottom, dripped water behind her as she walked the tide flat, she was fourteen and wore a black
disabled physically. Towards the end, Ishmael finds out information that could break the case, and put a new man on trail. Throughout the book he has a conflict, because of his feelings
Hatsue?s husband does not go t o jail. At the end Ishmael does the right thing and tells the truth.