Heart Mountain

October 31, 2020
Heart Mountain

A "dazzling first novel" about Japanese Americans andtheir Wyoming neighbors in the era of WWII internment camps(Chicago Tribune).A renowned chronicler of life in the West, Gretel Ehrlich turnsher talents to a moment in history when American citizens were setagainst each other, offering "a novel full of immense poeticfeeling for the internal lives of its varied characters and thesublime high plains landscape that is its backdrop" (The NewYork Times Book Review).This is the story of Kai, a graduate student reunited with hisold-fashioned parents in the most painful way possible; Mariko, agifted artist; Mariko's husband, a political dissident; and heraging grandfather, a Noh mask carver from Kyoto. It is also thestory of McKay, who runs his family farm outside the nearby town;Pinkey, an alcoholic cowboy; and Madeleine, whose soldier husbandis missing in the Pacific. Most of all, Heart Mountain isabout what happens when these two groups collide. Politics,loyalty, history, love—soon the bedrocks of society will seem astransient and fleeting as life itself.Set at the real-life Heart Mountain Relocation Center inWyoming, this powerful novel paints "a sweeping, yet finely shadedportrait of a real West unfolding in historical time"(TheChristian Science Monitor).