This is another very busy week as I get ready for the Oklahoma Writers Federation 2012 Story Weavers Conference, as well as William Bernhardt’s writing seminar. But, I couldn’t pass up sharing an excerpt of Broken Dolls, my novel centered around a Japanese-American family sent to live behind barbed wire following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
This scene takes place when Sachi first gets off the train that transported thousands of Japanese-Americans from California to Arkansas.
Behind Barbed Wire
There it was, just beyond a big field of cotton: Rohwer Relocation Center. Rows and rows of black tar-papered buildings. Guard towers with soldiers wearing rifles over their shoulders. All surrounded by barbed wire.
People from the town stood outside the camp and stared, just like they’d stared in California. Only they dressed different from Californians. Some wore overalls. Some didn’t even have shoes on. But strangest of all? In dust that swirled in the wind, colored people stood on one side of the street, whites on the other. And all of them stared like they’d never seen Japanese people before.