Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph


In June of 1944, as World War II rages on overseas, a feeling of defeat looms over 18-year-old Yasu Sakamoto. Three years of her young life have wasted away in a Japanese internment camp in eastern California. Imprisoned by barbed wire and military guards, she yearns for freedom and the dreams waiting for her beyond the fence. With this skillfully woven coming-of-age story, which began in Diane Dettmann’s book Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel, readers move into the next phase of Yasu Sakamoto’s life. Coming up against the barriers of discrimination and prejudice, Yasu realizes that, just like the barbed-wire fences, there will always be obstacles in her life that take courage, determination, and sometimes the support of others to overcome.

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About the Author | Diane Dettmann

Diane Dettman is the author of Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel, winner of the Pacific Rim Book Festival, and the sequel, Yasu's Quest: A Tale of Triumph. Her memoir, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal, was awarded runner-up in the Beach Book Festival Awards. Diane is also the co-author of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants and a contributing author for the national Women’s Voices for Change organization in New York City and the Open to Hope Foundation in Palo Alto, California.

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