THE SOUVENIR: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War.

Steinman, Louise.

ISBN 10: 1565123107 / ISBN 13: 9781565123106
Published by Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 2001. dj, 2001
Hardcover
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. In 1945 , a G.I. mailed home a Japanese flag. Fifty years later, his daughter unfolds the past and this book is the story of her quest to find out what happened to her father, the men he fought with, and the men he fought against. By weaving together her father's poignant letters with her accounts of her own journey, Steinman presents a powerful view of how war changed one generation and shaped another, and in the process makes a powerful argument for peace: in war there are no winners. SIGNED on the title page. Fine in fine dust jacket (as new.). Bookseller Inventory # 24946

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Title: THE SOUVENIR: A Daughter Discovers Her ...

Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 2001. dj

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Louise Steinman's father never talked about his experiences in the Pacific during WWII-like many men of his generation. All she knew was that a whistling kettle unnerved him, that Asian food was banned from the house, and that she was never to cry in front of him.

After her parents' deaths, Steinman discovered a box containing some four hundred letters her father had written to her mother during the war. Among the letters, she found a Japanese flag inscribed with elegant calligraphy. The flag said: "To Yoshio Shimizu given to him in the Great East Asian War to be fought to the end. If you believe in it, you win." Intrigued by her father's letters and compelled to know how this flag came to be in his possession, Steinman sets out on a quest to learn what happened to her father and the men of his Twenty-fifth Infantry Division.

Over the course of her exploration, Steinman decides to return the flag to the family of Yoshio Shimizu, the fallen Japanese soldier. She travels to the snow country of Japan and visits the battlefield in the Philippines where her father's division fought-the place where Yoshio lost his life and his flag. In the end, Steinman discovers a side of her father she never knew, and, astonishingly, she develops a kinship with the surviving family of his enemy.

Weaving together her father's letters with the story of her own personal journey, Steinman presents a powerful view of how war changed one generation and shaped another.

About the Author:

Louise Steinman's essays and articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and Salon, among others. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, where she curates a literary program for the Los Angeles Public Library.

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