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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\"></div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">RG Media Type</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">books</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">After the Bloom</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Creators</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Leslie Shimotakahara</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Interest Level</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Grades 9-12; Adult</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Theme</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Family – blessing or curse; Power of silence; Power of the past; Role of women</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Genre</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Historical Fiction</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Point-of-View/Protagonist Characteristics</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">told from perspective of Nisei and Sansei women</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Availability</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Widely available</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Free Web Version</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">No</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Ratings and Warnings</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Some sexual content</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Geography</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Chronology</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1940s and 1980s</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Facility</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Manzanar [7] - Manzanar, California</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:After the Bloom;\nCreators:Leslie Shimotakahara;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Family – blessing or curse; Power of silence; Power of the past; Role of women;\nGenre:Historical Fiction;\nPoV:told from perspective of Nisei and Sansei women;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:Some sexual content;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada;\nChronology:1940s and 1980s;\nFacility:Manzanar [7] - Manzanar, California;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">After the Bloom</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Leslie Shimotakahara</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Dundurn</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2017</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">328</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">WorldCat Link</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:After the Bloom;\nAuthor:Leslie Shimotakahara;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Dundurn;\nPubDate:2017;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:328;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Novel by Japanese Canadian author Leslie Shimotakahara about the sudden disappearance of a <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a> woman in Toronto and her <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Sansei\" title=\"Sansei\">Sansei</a> daughter's search for her and her own past.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toc\" id=\"toc\"><div id=\"toctitle\"><h2>Contents</h2></div>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-1\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Synopsis\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">1</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Synopsis</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-2\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Background_and_Response\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">2</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Background and Response</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-3\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#For_More_Information\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">3</span> <span class=\"toctext\">For More Information</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-4\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Reviews\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">4</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Reviews</span></a></li>\n</ul>\n</div>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"Synopsis\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Synopsis\">Synopsis</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p><i>After the Bloom</i> moves back and forth between its 1984 present and the war years. The opening section introduces protagonist Rita Takemitsu, a divorced teacher and artist who shares custody of her six-year old daughter with her dental surgeon ex who lives in Vancouver. Her sixty-year-old mother, Lily, has disappeared, and she quickly grows frustrated with the limited police response given Lily's lifelong memory problems and mental health issues. Rita recalls a difficult childhood filled with mysteries and Lily's insistence that she was never in a wartime concentration camp.\n</p><p>The second section of the book takes us back to 1943 when young Lily, an aspiring beauty queen, is incarcerated at a California concentration camps named \"Matanzas\" with other Japanese Americans. With her abusive father interned and mother long dead, she shares a barrack with an aunt and cousins who resent her. She soon falls for a young would-be photographer named Kaz who is by turns charming and distant, and is more-or-less adopted into his family, which is headed by his father, a physician who runs the camp hospital. But Kaz's increasing anger leads him into a group of dissidents who plot against the camp administration, while Dr. Takemitsu is sympathetic to the more accommodationist Japanese American Citizens Confederacy. Drawn to both men, Lily is caught in the middle during the subsequent riot.\n</p><p>In her search for her mother, Rita contacts Nisei friends who steer her towards a group seeking redress for the wartime incarceration, something Rita is initially flabbergasted her mother would be involved with. But with the help of Mark Edo, a handsome young University of Toronto professor who leads the redress group, it turns out that Rita's exploration of Lily's wartime past might hold the key to her disappearance.\n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Background_and_Response\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Background_and_Response\">Background and Response</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Author Shimotakahara (1977– ) is a Toronto native and <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Yonsei\" title=\"Yonsei\">Yonsei</a> who attended McGill (B.A., 2000) and Brown Universities (M.A., 2000; Ph.D., 2007), emerging from the latter with a doctorate in English and embarking on a teaching career at St Francis Xavier University in Newfoundland. But as chronicled in her first book, a memoir titled <i>The Reading List</i> (2012), she grew disenchanted with academia and returned home to pursue a writing career. <i>After the Bloom</i> is her first novel.\n</p><p>Several elements of the book are drawn from her own family history. Her Nisei grandmother, Ruth Mitsuko Penfold (1920–2009), who had been incarcerated at <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Minidoka\" title=\"Minidoka\">Minidoka</a> and who refused to talk about her incarceration, was the model for Lily. As is the case with Lily, Ruth's father-in-law, Kozo Shimotakahara, was a pioneering <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Issei\" title=\"Issei\">Issei</a> physician. The postwar house in which Rita grows up in Toronto is based on the house in which the author's father grew up.\n</p><p>Shimotakahara places Lily in the fictional \"Matanzas\" concentration camp, located outside Lone Pine, California, an obvious reference to <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Manzanar\" title=\"Manzanar\">Manzanar</a>. While the former resembles the latter in broad outline, there are many deviations from the real history. In Matanzas, armed guards patrol the camp, something that didn't take place in <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/War_Relocation_Authority\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">War Relocation Authority</a> (WRA)-administered camps. The \"riot\" in Matanzas takes place a year after the one in Manzanar and several of the specifics are different. In particular, it is spurred in part by the beating of Frank Isaka, who is obviously modeled on <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Mike_Masaoka\" title=\"Mike Masaoka\">Mike Masaoka</a>, and the arrest of a popular <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Kibei\" title=\"Kibei\">Kibei</a> assailant, Kenny Honda, modeled on <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Harry_Ueno\" title=\"Harry Ueno\">Harry Ueno</a>. However, the real Masaoka, who was based in Salt Lake City, was not in a WRA camp during the war and Honda was arrested for the beating of a guard, not of a fellow inmate as was Ueno. Lily's Issei father-in-law, the doctor in charge of the Manzanar hospital, lives in an actual house away from all the other inmates, something that did not take place in Manzanar or any other camp. Right after the \"riot,\" the camp administration starts releasing inmates en masse; while the real <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Manzanar_riot/uprising\" title=\"Manzanar riot/uprising\">\"riot\"</a> did eventually spur the WRA to speed up \"resettlement,\" the process took place over a period of months, with administration of a <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Loyalty_questionnaire\" title=\"Loyalty questionnaire\">\"loyalty questionnaire\"</a> to weed out the \"disloyal\" inmates leading for further unrest. Shimotakahara also fictionalizes the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Japanese_American_Citizens_League\" title=\"Japanese American Citizens League\">Japanese American Citizens League</a>, calling them the \"Japanese America Citizens Confederacy\".\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<p>Might also like: <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Why_She_Left_Us_(book)\" title=\"Why She Left Us (book)\">Why She Left Us</a> by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto; <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/A_Bridge_Between_Us_(book)\" title=\"A Bridge Between Us (book)\">A Bridge Between Us</a> by Julie Shigekuni; <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Letters_to_Memory_(book)\" title=\"Letters to Memory (book)\">Letters to Memory</a> by Karen Tei Yamashita\n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Publisher website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>.\n</p><p>Author website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>.\n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Reviews\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">Reviews</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Arnone, Terra. \"<a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">Leslie Shimotakahara's Debut Novel Shares History Lessons We Should Have Learned by Now and Need to Learn Again.</a>\" <i>National Post</i>, Apr. 18, 2017. [\"Poetically told and laced with Japanese folklore, the novel takes cues from a more mythical narrative, parables abounding in its fiction but always with a point.\"]\n</p><p>Montgomery-Rodgers Letitia. <i><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">Foreword Reviews</a></i>, May/June 2017. [\"<i>After the Bloom</i> offers characters of exacting specificity, ones who destroy pat generalizations and reveal the particular people, families, and faces that were stereotyped, amassed, depersonalized, and sometimes destroyed by this oft-overlooked moment in history.\"]\n</p><p>Shaw, Stacy. <i>Booklist</i>, Apr. 1, 2017, 21. [\"... a compelling work of historical fiction that scrutinizes how the experience and conditions of internment had a shattering cultural effect on Japanese Americans. Shimotakahara's writing is personal and entrancing, unflinchingly shining a light on this difficult part of history.\"]\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.120 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.126 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 331/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2143/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 6604/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1323/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 3/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:4066-0!*!0!!en!5!* and timestamp 20180309150148 and revision id 28073\n -->\n</div></div><div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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