After Pearl Harbor, little Marie Mitsuiâs typical life of school and playing with friends in San Francisco is upended. Her family and thousands of others of Japanese heritage are under suspicion and forcibly relocated to internment camps far from home. Living conditions in the camps are harsh, but in the end Marie finds freedom and hope for the future. Told from a childâs perspective, The Little Exile deftly conveys Marieâs innocence, wonder, fear, and outrage. This work of autobiographical fiction is based on the authorâs own experience as a wartime internee.
Jeanette S. Arakawa was born in San Francisco in 1932 and was interned in the 1940s at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas.