The Last Year of the War

The Last Year of the War Review

Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943--aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity.

The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences.

Title:The Last Year of the War

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  • Susanne Strong

    2.75 Stars* (rounded up) Have you ever waited with bated breath for an author’s new book to come out only to be disappointed? Unfortunately, that happened to me with Susan Meissner’s new novel “...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

    As soon as I found out that Ms. Meissner had a new novel coming out, I was very excited to receive an arc to review. I’ve been looking forward to this one. I’m sorry to say that I was disappointed...

  • Katie B

    I love how this historical fiction book explored the topic of internment camps in World War 2 as it's something you don't see very often in the genre. To be quite honest it's basically a "let's just p...

  • DeAnn

    5 stellar starsI simply loved this book and the characters that Susan Meissner brings to life, by the end of the book they felt like old friends. The historical research is evident but seamlessly wove...

  • Amy Bruestle

    I was sent this book after winning it from a giveaway, to read in exchange for an honest review. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Wow! I am at a loss for words...this book was probably one of the best books that I have...

  • Michelle

    I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Sue Meissner's upcoming release, and once again she knocks it out of the park. Here's what I wrote for my blurb:In her latest novel, Susan Meissner is a...

  • Nancy

    For several years my husband's department secretary was a Japanese American who came of age in a WWII internment camp. Her stories were the first I had encountered. Later I learned that German America...

  • Pamela

    This book deserves nothing less than a stellar review showcasing quotes and passages most deserving. The prose is wise, compelling, and palatability moving. For now, as the book is yet to be published...

  • Jillian Doherty

    If you don't tear up when finishing this incredible historical journey, then it's worth re-reading! It's a powerful and emotional story weaved through the final year of WWII; from the perspective of E...

  • Carol (Reading Ladies)

    Thanks #NetGalley and #BerkleyPublishing for a free copy of #TheLastYearoftheWar in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.The Last Year of the War is told from a unique perspective, a...