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East Falls the Sun

This wartime coming-of-age story starts in a Wyoming prison camp, where nine-year-old Alan Kurobe is locked up with his disabled mother and two younger sisters. They join thousands more Japanese Americans uprooted and incarcerated after Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Encircled with barbed wire and gun towers, detainees strive to cope with physical discomfort, poor diet, armed patrols and interminable boredom. When his mother is hospitalized, Alan and his sisters are shipped to a camp in Texas to join their Japanese-born father, a suspected enemy alien.

Family dysfunction, institutional racism and a perpetual identity crisis plague Alan for four years in the camps before the family is forcibly “repatriated” to Japan at the insistence of their father. Their daily struggle continues for 13 more years in a devastated, disease-ridden foreign country, but Alan disciplines himself, studies hard and masters Japanese – until his unique talents come to the notice of the US Occupation Authorities.

A story of determination, resilience and ultimate personal triumph, based on the author’s real-life experiences.

Author Bio

Robert H. Kono

Robert Hiroshi Kono was born in Los Angeles in 1932. Detained at age nine with his Japanese American parents after Pearl Harbor, he spent the war years in various internment camps. In 1946, he was forced to leave the US when his father moved the family to Japan, where he became fluent in Japanese. His later academic success at an English-language college in Yokohama led to his recruitment by the CIA as a translator for a clandestine operation in Tokyo. There he met Carol Louise Lippold, whom he married in Seattle 1959 when they returned home. After graduating from the University of Washington with honors, he moved his family to Eugene and taught at the University of Oregon. He was a prolific writer, self-publishing several works in his last 25 years. East Falls the Sun, a fictionalized account of his early years, was finished a few weeks before his death in 2023.

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TitleEast Falls the Sun
SizeTrade paperback, 6 x 9 in (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
List PricesUS: $19.95; UK £17.95; EU €18.95
PublishedJune 1, 2024
FeaturesBlack & White
BISACFICTION / Asian American & Pacific Islander
FICTION / World Literature / Japan
FICTION / Historical / 20th Century / World War II & Holocaust