The Year of Counting Souls by Michael Wallace. Published by Lake Union

Louise Harrison is a nurse with the army stationed in Manila in World War II, but she and her patients are forced to evacuate to the mountains to a remote field hospital. Caught between stark terror and stultifying boredom, Louise becomes friends with injured Japanese soldier Sammy Mori who has been deemed a traitor to his country after he reported the terrible war crimes he witnessed in Nanking. Now, Sammy’s own brother, Yoshiko, a member of the dreaded Japanese military police is hunting him down. When he finds the field hospital, Louise and Sammy must find a way for themselves, sworn enemies to trust each other to find a way to survive. This is one of the best books I have read about the human impact of World War II in a long time. Find a block of time when you can read without being disturbed because you won’t want to stop

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