What an amazing and powerful story written in such a simplistic style, with cropped sentences and precise word choice. “A Diamond in the Desert” is touching, moving, powerful, nerve racking, exciting, and swells in the way a piece of music does. Fitzmaurice’s ability to use what appears to be simple sentence structures with expertise, can be compared to watching a pianists fingers glide gently across the keys. They make it look so easy, when it’s really years in the making.
After Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were sent to reserves until their innocence was established. This story is about a young boy and how baseball saved his camp.
This book is beautifully written, with amazingly rich characters, and some of the most beautiful prose I’ve read: “Our barrack filled with quiet wooden apologies.”
Next, I’m moving on to Fitzmaurice’s first book,”The Year the Swallows Came Early.”