Midnight in Broad Daylight by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
"Deeply reported and researched, Sakamoto’s book provides a fascinating close-up of the travails of wartime life in an increasingly fascistic Japan. (Her accounts of the extreme brutality of Japanese schools, and the omnipresent thought police, called kempeitai, are eye- openers.) Sakamoto tells her tale as a straight historical narrative, with little authorial intervention. This omniscient approach, and the vast scope of the subject, lends her tale a novelistic sweep . . . . 'Midnight in Broad Daylight' not only tells one family’s remarkable story but also makes an important contribution to our knowledge of the Japanese-American experience in World War II, on both sides of the ocean and the hyphen." Gary Kamiya in the NYT.
Anyone who has read the month’s selection is welcome, as are new participants; no long-term commitment required. Contact Peter Greenfield ’67 with questions or suggestions.
Wednesday, August 16 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm