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The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War


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Louise Steinmans American childhood in the fifties was bound by one unequivocal condition: “Never mention the war to your father.” That silence sustained itself until the fateful day Steinman opened an old ammunition box left behind after her parents death. In it she discovered nearly 500 letters her father had written to her mother during his service in the Pacific War and a Japanese flag mysteriously inscribed to Yoshio Shimizu. Setting out to determine the identity of Yoshio Shimizu and the origins of the silken flag, Steinman discovered the unexpected: a hidden side of her father, the green soldier who achingly left his pregnant wife to fight for his life in a brutal 165-day campaign that changed him forever. Her journey to return the “souvenir” to its owner not only takes Steinman on a passage to Japan and the Philippines, but also returns her to the age of her fathers innocence, where she learned of the tender and expressive man shed never known. Steinman writes with the same poignant immediacy her father did in his letters. Together their stories in The Souvenir create an evocative testament to the ways in which war changes one generation and shapes another.

About the Author

Louise Steinman is curator of the award-winning ALOUD at Central Library literary series at the Los Angeles Public Library. Her work appears frequently in The Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly, and has appeared in syndication in The New York Times and other publications.

Table of Contents

Chronology . . . xi


Somewhere at Sea . . . 1

Part i: Stateside

The Pharmacist . . . 11

The Flag . . . 19

Into the Deep . . . 41

A Melancholy Slav . . . 49

Speculation . . . 63

The Gift . . . 75

Questions . . . 81

Part ii: Japan

Bombs under Tokyo . . . 93

Shrine of the Peaceful Country . . . 105

Shadows . . . 119

Amazing Grace . . . 129

Part 111: The Philippines

The American Cemetery . . . 143

Journey to Balete Pass . . . 155

Promised Land . . . 181

Part iv: Suibara

Swans in the Morning . . . 189

Flyover . . . 201

Afterword to the New Edition . . . 203

Book Group Questions . . . 207

Selected Bibliography . . . 211

Product Details

Steinman, Louise
North Atlantic Books
Personal Memoirs
World war, 1939-1945
United states
Military - World War II
Biography - General
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