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The book, Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston takes place in December 1942 through April 1972 in the California cities of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Manzanar, and San Jose. The following book starts off with news that the Japanese have bombed pearl harbor in Hawaii. This tragic news causes mama to move the family to the Japanese ghetto on Terminal Island and then to Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. Upon arriving at the camp, the Japanese Americans are forced into harsh living conditions with poorly prepared food, unfinished barracks, and whirling dust that blows in through every crack in the wall. The Wakatsukis slowly start growing apart, and the family begins to disintegrate until an unexpected surprise of papa

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