Snow Falling on Cedars

Version: Unabridged
Author: David Guterson
Narrator: George Guidall
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: February 2000
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 15 hours, 45 minutes
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As a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial for murder on an island in Puget Sound, snow blankets the countryside. The whiteness covers the courthouse, but it cannot conceal the memories at work inside: the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, an unrequited love, and the ghosts of racism that still haunt the islanders. First novels rarely attract as much attention as Snow Falling on Cedars. Remaining on bestseller lists for months, it has cast a spell on readers across the country.

Author Details

Author Details

Guterson, David

"David Guterson was born in Seattle in 1956. His father, Murray Guterson, is a distinguished criminal defense lawyer: ""One of the things I heard [from him] early on was to find something you love to do--before you think about money or anything else. The other thing was to do something that you feel has a positive impact on the world.""

Guterson received his M.A. from the University of Washington, where he studied under the writer Charles Johnson. It was there that he developed his ideas about the moral function of literature: ""Fiction writers shouldn't dictate to people what their morality should be,"" he said in a recent interview. ""Yet not enough writers are presenting moral questions for reflection, which I think is a very important obligation.""

After moving to Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, Guterson taught English at the local high school and began writing journalism for Sports Illustrated and Harper's magazine, where he is now a contributing editor. His books include a collection of short stories, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind, Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense, and Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Our Lady of The Forest published in 2003."