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Harvest the Wind

Harvest the Wind

Author(s): Toni Morgan

Location(s): South Central Idaho

Genre(s): Historical, Fiction

Era(s): WWII

Virginia Franconi left home at eighteen like the hounds of hell were nipping at her heels. Now, in her mid-twenties, she returns to the family farm in Idaho. Her sour, belligerent father, once an iron-fisted ruler, is weak and frail, no longer a threat. Marc, Virginia’s brother, runs the farm. Virginia is pregnant, a secret she doesn’t initially share. With most young men off fighting the war in Europe or the Pacific, Marc worries who will help grow the food demanded by a hungry nation.

When President Roosevelt orders all people of Japanese descent removed from the West Coast, Keiko Ugawa and her family find themselves in a crowded, tar-paper covered barrack, surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers, where temperatures reach 130F in summer and minus 30F in winter. Dust and wind are constants. Her mother dies and Keiko’s anger at authorities intensifies.

Marc’s worries about who will help him are solved when the government allows internees from nearby Camp Minidoka to work on surrounding farms. A saddened and still angry Keiko comes to the Franconi farm and works in the house with Virginia, now approaching her due date. Keiko reluctantly helps Virginia through the birth of her baby and thus begins a lifelong friendship.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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