Congratulations to Arkansas author Jan Morrill whose first novel, The Red Kimono, has been released by the University of Arkansas Press.
The Red Kimono is about the experience of a Japanese family in the United States who are uprooted from their life in California and transported to an Arkansas interment camp during World War II.
Jan Morrill was born and raised in California. Her mother, a Buddhist Japanese American, was an internee during World War II. Her father, a Southern Baptist redhead of Irish descent, served in the Air Force.
The Red Kimono, (University of Arkansas Press, February 2013), as well as many of her short stories, reflect memories of growing up in a multicultural, multi-religious, multi-political environment.
Her award-winning short stories and memoir essays have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books and several anthologies. Recently, she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her short story “Xs and Os,” which appeared in the Voices Anthology. An artist as well as a writer, she is currently working on the sequel to The Red Kimono.