A POWERFUL AND ENGAGING READ.
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