Yasu's Quest

A Tale of Triumph

by Diane Dettmann, Author of Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel

Yasu's Quest

Yasu's Quest

A Tale of Triumph

by Diane Dettmann, Author of Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel

Published Jul 18, 2016
261 Pages
Genre: FICTION / Historical / General


Book Details


Winner of Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award. “Yasu's Quest: A Tale of Triumph” is a written triumph. There is no better way to describe a book that functions well on so many levels and be so meaningful. This really is a well-done piece that I think will entertain and inform its readers. If you are considering a historical fiction title to read this is definitely the one. I give “Yasu's Quest: A Tale of Triumph” by Diane Dettmann five out of five stars."--Ben Green Reader Views

In June of 1944, as World War II rages on overseas, a feeling of defeat looms over eighteen-year-old Yasu Sakamoto. Three years of her young life have wasted away in a Japanese internment camp in eastern California. Imprisoned by barbwire and military guards, she yearns for freedom and lifelong dreams waiting for her beyond the fence.

In this skillfully woven coming-of-age story, Yasu’s journey began in Diane Dettmann’s book, Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel, and carries readers into the next phase of Yasu Sakamoto’s life. Bombarded with barriers of discrimination and prejudice, Yasu realizes— like the barbwire fences—there will always be obstacles in her life that take courage, determination and sometimes the support of others to overcome.

“A story that celebrates the courage of the human spirit and its ability not only to rise above war and prejudice, but to overcome and heal. A testimony to the Japanese Americans and the hardships they faced after WWII. Inspiring, entertaining and written from the heart.” —Narita Roady, Book Blogger and Writer

“Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph completes the story Dettmann created in her accomplished work, Courageous Footsteps. In this sequel, she beautifully captures Yasu Sakamoto’s poignant struggle to survive and thrive amid the pro-American hubbub that was coupled with overtly anti-Japanese propaganda of the time. With the help of a mentor strong enough to stand with her against those rabid anti-Japanese sentiments, Yasu perseveres to overcome and extricate herself from the terrible grip of fate.” —Beth L. Virtanen, Ph.D. President, Finnish North-American Literature Association; Professor and Assistant Program Director, South University, Online

“Free of the barbed wire confines of the internment camp, Yasu could not escape injustice. Or did she? Reader, beware of a personal call from Yasu to make life better for others. Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph is a poignant story of courage and determination with unmistakable relevance today.” —Ann Wolff, President of the Stillwater Public Library Foundation


Book Excerpt

Train Depot Omaha, Nebraska, June 1944

With her scarf pulled around her face, Yasu shuffled down the train aisle. Afraid to look up, she kept her eyes focused on the tweed trousers of the man ahead of her. From the corner of her eye, she spied two empty seats on the right and quickly sat down in the one closest to the window. Her heart raced as she watched women dressed in cotton summer skirts, short-sleeved blouses and hats scurrying along the walkway below the train window.

Startled by the weight of someone settling on the seat next to her, she fought the urge to turn around. Gardenia scented perfume filled Yasu’s nose. She glanced at the woman. Her auburn hair caressed her shoulders as she removed a book from her brocade satchel, straightened herskirt and settled back in her seat. Yasu quickly turned her face to the window.

The porter yelled, “All aboard!”

The train sounded its whistle and jerked forward. As the depot slowly disappeared, the plump conductor checked his watch. Then he wobbled down the aisle, validating passenger’s tickets. When Yasu reached over the woman’s lap and handed her ticket to the conductor, he grabbed it from her hand and scowled at her. While she waited for him to punch it, she stared at the woman’s black, open-toed, high-heeled shoes and her floral skirt that fell just below her knees.Startled by a gentle tap on her shoulder, Yasu looked up and locked eyes with the woman.

“Here’s your ticket. Don’t want to lose that,” she said with a smile.


About the Author

Diane Dettmann, Author of Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel

DIANE DETTMANN, author of award-winning Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel, and Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal. She 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.

Interviewed recently by Barry ZeVan, a legend in the broadcasting industry! On Youtube at https://youtu.be/6eC9Xd3704A

2019 EVENTS COMING SOON! Diane Dettmann-Blogger https://quillandthought.blogspot.com/.

Also by Diane Dettmann, Author of Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel

Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants
Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow's Story of Love, Loss and Renewal
Courageous Footsteps
On Liberty's Wings


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