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Snow Falling on Cedars (1995) [Novel]
by David Guterson Rating: Weighted - 8.1 / Average - 8.1 of 10 (10 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

A 1954 murder trial in an island community off the coast of Washington state broadens into an exploration of war, race, and the mysteries of human motivation. The dead man, Carl Heine, his accused murderer, Kabuo Miyomoto, and the one-man staff of the local newspaper, Ishmael Chambers, were all scarred by their experiences in World War II but resumed normal-seeming lives upon their return to the fishing and strawberry-farming community of San Piedro in Puget Sound. While fishermen Heine and Miyomoto set about raising families, the newspaperman remains alone and apart, alienated by the loss of an arm and a childhood love, who married Miyomoto. Chambers comes upon information that could alter the verdict of the trial if presented or change his own life if suppressed, creating a private trial as momentous as the public one, with the outcome as much in doubt.

Original title: Snow Falling on Cedars
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryLegal Thriller
FictionGeneral Fiction
FictionGeneral FictionEthnic And Multicultural
FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaTwentieth Century


Edition #1: Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars (1995)
Awards: PEN/Faulkner (1995)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Compelling... heart-stopping. Finely wrought, flawlessly written." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Luminous... a beautifully assured and full-bodied novel [that] becomes a tender examination of fairness and forgiveness.... Guterson has fashioned something haunting and true." Pico Iyer, Time
  • "Haunting.... A whodunit complete with courtroom maneuvering and surprising turns of evidence and at the same time a mystery, something altogether richer and deeper." Los Angeles Times
  • "Guterson uses a rich scenario and cast of character to explore issues much deeper than the usual. Like the snowfall that is its constant refrain, Snow Falling on Cedars builds up gradually, steadily, surrounding the reader with its magic." Newsday
  • "Here is a grand achievement: a compelling, serious, perfectly crafted novel of Puget Sound in the 1950s. The characters and the story and the setting make a fully formed, beautiful whole. I admired Snow Falling on Cedars and I could not put it down." Annie Dillard, author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • "A powerful meditation on the nature of pride and prejudice and personal responsibility.... Casts a deepening spell." Seattle Post Intelligencer
  • "Intriguing.... At various moments a courtroom drama, an interracial love story, and a war chronicle. Guterson melds these components into a novel that explores how individuals and communities abuse, retreat from, or use their histories as motivating forces. Vividly written." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "With this beautiful novel, Guterson establishes himself as one of the most mature, important, and skillful young novelists at work today." Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage
  • "Guterson maps out the difficult topography of the islanders' relations with one another, their hidden jealousies, resentments, and suspicions, and their surprising if unreliable capacity for generosity of spirit. He also keeps a loving eye on the details of both the natural and human world, capturing the moods of sea, forest, and field." Washington Post Book World
  • "Elegant and lush. A chilling still-life rendering of petty prejudices and moral ambiguity, thwarted ambition and bitter resignation, crushing guilt and the possibility of redemption." San Diego Union-Tribune
  • "A riveting tale about love and war and the ways men and women struggle for survival and redemption. Snow Falling on Cedars is a vivid and spellbinding novel, made unforgettable by Guterson's mastery of detail and his wise and generous heart. I could not put this book down." Colin Harrison, author of Bodies Electric
  • "Luminous.... This is poetry masquerading as prose." People
  • "Riveting.... An intriguing [and] lyrical tale.... Snow Falling on Cedars is a thoughtful, well-crafted novel." San Jose Mercury News
  • "Passionate.... The novel's grace is undeniable. Guterson has let the facts about the internment of Japanese-Americans speak for themselves. In the end, he retrieves an important part of this country's history." Washington Times
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Snow Falling on Cedars (1995)

ISBN: 067976402X

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