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Unending Nora
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Unending Nora is a love story, though not in the ordinary sense. Having retreated to the streets of the east San Fernando Valley amidst an intense heat wave, Nora Yano, who has lived the first 29 years of her life as a devout Christian and an outcast, strikes up a relationship with a stranger and experiences sexual intimacy for the first time. When Nora mysteriously disappears, her best and only friends Caroline and Melissa, each with their own lives to consider, must decide what they’re willing to risk to find her. The complications that ensue, along with an unexpected arrival home, set this novel in motion. Beneath the stories of four compelling women, Shigekuni creates a web of ideas concerning the after effects of wartime internment. Fresh out of the camps, a displaced and emotionally scarred generation clustered together to form a community; they even took on a religion in order to adapt to the society that oppressed them. Now their offspring, four young women coming of age in their thirties, must carve their own path. Unending Nora is a story about finding love through adversity. In an ambitious examination of faith, shame, and desire, Julie Shigekuni takes up where John Okada left off over fifty years ago with his masterpiece No-No Boy—to tell the story of a community ready to mark its place in the larger world.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication, Epigraph
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  1. Book One
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Chapter 1
  2. pp. 3-15
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  1. Chapter 2
  2. pp. 16-26
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  1. Chapter 3
  2. pp. 27-35
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  1. Chapter 4
  2. pp. 36-40
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  1. Chapter 5
  2. pp. 41-46
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  1. Chapter 6
  2. pp. 47-50
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  1. Chapter 7
  2. pp. 51-58
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  1. Chapter 8
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. Book Two
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. Chapter 9
  2. pp. 65-70
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  1. Chapter 10
  2. pp. 71-87
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  1. Chapter 11
  2. pp. 88-101
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  1. Chapter 12
  2. pp. 102-109
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  1. Chapter 13
  2. pp. 110-118
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  1. Chapter 14
  2. pp. 119-126
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  1. Book Three
  2. pp. 127-128
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  1. Chapter 15
  2. pp. 129-136
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  1. Book Four
  2. pp. 137-138
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  1. Chapter 16
  2. pp. 139-147
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  1. Chapter 17
  2. pp. 148-153
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  1. Chapter 18
  2. pp. 154-157
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  1. Chapter 19
  2. pp. 158-171
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  1. Chapter 20
  2. pp. 172-177
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  1. Chapter 21
  2. pp. 178-185
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  1. Chapter 22
  2. pp. 186-198
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  1. Chapter 23
  2. pp. 199-202
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  1. Chapter 24
  2. pp. 203-214
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  1. Chapter 25
  2. pp. 215-224
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  1. Book Five
  2. pp. 225-226
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  1. Chapter 26
  2. pp. 227-238
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  1. Chapter 27
  2. pp. 239-248
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  1. Chapter 28
  2. pp. 249-254
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  1. Chapter 29
  2. pp. 255-263
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  1. Chapter 30
  2. pp. 264-271
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  1. Chapter 31
  2. pp. 272-278
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  1. Chapter 32
  2. pp. 279-286
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  1. Chapter 33
  2. pp. 287-292
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  1. Chapter 34
  2. pp. 293-298
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  1. Chapter 35
  2. pp. 299-301
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  1. About the Author
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