“Remarkable . . . Requiem delicately probes the complex adjustments we make to live with our sorrows.. . . [A] perfectly modulated novel.” Wendy Smith, The Washington Post
978-0-8021-2123-3 • $15.00 • Paperback • Aug. 2013
“Itani is at the height of her powers. . . . The Japanese-Canadian story has never been told with such passion, insight, and telling detail. . . . This is surely Itani’s greatest novel.” Paul Gessell, Ottawa Citzen
In 1942, in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government removed Bin Okuma’s family from their home on British Columbia’s west coast and forced them into internment camps. They were allowed to take only the possessions they could carry, and Bin, as a young boy, was forced to watch neighbors raid his family’s home before the transport boats even undocked. One hundred miles from the “Protected Zone,” they had to form new makeshift communities without direct access to electricity, plumbing, or foodfor five years.
Fifty years later, after his wife’s sudden death, Bin travels across Canada to find the biological father who has been lost to him. Both running from grief and driving straight toward it, Bin must ask himself whether he truly wants to find First Father, the man who made a fateful decision that almost destroyed his family all those years ago.