Susan Meissner’s new historical novel The Last Year Of The Wars takes a look at how the U.S. Government handled the repatriation program during WWII and sparks timely questions about what it means to be an American. Elise Sontag is lives in Iowa and is fourteen years old in 1943. Elise knows a war is going on, but feels very distant in quiet Iowa. Then her father, who has been a legal U.S. resident for nearly twenty years, is arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family finds themselves in an internment camp in Texas, where, Elise begins to wonder who she is and where she belongs. There, she meets Mariko, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, and the two become fast friends. They believe their friendship will bind them forever, but, will it? When they are separated, and there are miles and time between them, will their friendship hold? Was it real? While we have heard much about the internment of Japanese Americans, we have not heard much about the other groups who were held. This is an eye opener, with a great story. Enjoy!