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Dandelion Through the Crack
The Sato Family Quest for the American Dream
by Kiyo Sato

Dandelion Through the Crack book cover image Kiyo Sato, a Japanese-American woman born in 1923 in Sacramento, has written the saga of
the Sato family’s life in America: Dandelion Through the Crack. It is the compelling story
of starting a family in California, coping during the Depression, being swept off to
concentration camps, and ultimately surviving and succeeding despite terrible odds and oppressive prejudice.


Kiyo' Story (paperback) book cover image
A new edition of Dandelion Through the Crack
is now available. Published by Soho Press, it
has a new title, Kiyo's Story, a new interior design, and a new cover. However, nothing
else has changed in Kiyo's remarkable story.
The text is the same. The paperback version
has this cover design.



Kiyo's Story (hard cover) dust jacket image

Dandelion Through the Crack
has also been released as a new hard cover edition. Also entitled Kiyo's Story, it has this dust jacket design. Rest assured, however, that as with
the paperback version, nothing else has
changed in Kiyo's remarkable story. The text
is the same.


Dandelion Through the Crack/Kiyo's Story tells of a family formed both by ancestry and by the American way of life. Interwoven throughout are the haiku of the author’s father and his wise fables, drawn from his old and new homelands.

Dandelion Through the Crack/Kiyo's Story has been recognized as a superior work by winning the 2008 William Saroyan Prize for International Writing (non-fiction).

Dr. Kevin Starr, Professor of History, University of Southern California, said of the book: “It is a magnificent memoir, fully worthy of being favorably compared to Farewell to Manzanar. I cannot praise its pointillist realism, its Zen-like austerity highly enough.”

It's available in bookstores and from online sources everywhere.