Coming from Blink/HarperCollins:
Her family is Italian.
His is Japanese.
It’s 1942, and it’s the worst possible time for them to fall in love.
Evalina Cassano is a senior in high school when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor. While she has always been tender-hearted, Evalina’s parents are surprised by how devastated she is over the attack and the Executive Order that soon follows. An order that that makes it lawful to remove all Japanese-Americans from the west coast and imprison them in concentration camps.
What Evalina’s parents don’t know is that over the last year, Evalina has fallen in love with Taichi Hamasaki, an American citizen of Japanese descent.
In a time when interracial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi have always known that when their relationship became public, they would be fighting a battle. They just never realized that they would be divided in this fight, one of them free, and the other stuck inside the barbed wire fences of Manzanar Relocation Center.
This novel, tentatively titled Within These Lines, is a story about the gritty, exhausting side of love. The kind of love that seems to only invite heartbreak, but is tenacious and unrelenting all the same. It will release in early 2019, and I cannot wait to share it with you!
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