This (wait for it . . . ) bittersweet romance happens amidst the evacuation and interment of Japanese citizens at the start of WWII.
The story of Olive is told through 13 well-constructed short stories about other people.
This seriously good novel of gay life during the AIDS crisis in Chicago tells a story that has a simple message.
The book is a way to escape the hounds of life for a while . . . but not much more.