Until I picked up this book, I had never heard of the Aleutian people being relocated to internment camps during WWII. Unlike the Japanese, who were put in internment camps because people were worried about their loyalty, the Aleuts were put in internment camps on the Alaskan mainland to protect them from invading Japanese. The camps were horribly inadequate for the number of people living there, and they were often hungry and sick.
The novel follows Vera as she is taken from her Aleut village to different interment camps. Vera and the other villagers struggle with living in a strange land with few resources and very little help from the government that forced them to move. The elders try to keep Aleut traditions alive during the three years they are forced to stay away from their homes. The novel ends when Vera and the other villagers are allowed to return to the Aleutian islands and try to rebuild their lives.
Reviewed by Jessica