Midnight in Broad Daylight is "a milestone of narrative nonfiction" and "A must-read."
Awarded in 2 categories: "Best History Books of 2016" and "Best Books of 2016 with Truly Inspirational Characters"
"Sakamoto blends meticulous research with radiant storytelling to relate one family's harrowing experiences during World War II, both in America and near ground zero in Hiroshima, Japan." - David Takami
Midnight in Broad Daylight is referenced as a source of "Some significant stories of individual Nisei soldiers."
Midnight in Broad Daylight is an official nominee for Best History and Biography of 2016.
"Epic in scope, 'Midnight in Broad Daylight' is also deeply personal, a book that stands at the intersection of the vast events of global history, and the individuals who must make choices in a world where no future seems certain."
Review by Lavonne Leong
"Using Harry Fukuhara’s immediate postwar visit to his family’s home site in Hiroshima permits Sakamoto to offer a rare personal account of not only the context of that city’s controversial atomic bombing by the U.S. military, but also the consequences suffered by its tragically downsized population of survivors. Having only recently listened to the 2014 audiobook of Dr. Michihiko Hachiya’s classic 1955 work, Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6–September 30, 1945, I found myself humbled by being privy to a pair of such complementary, compelling, and compassionate narratives on so pivotal (and horrendous) a moment in modern world history."
Review by Arthur A. Hansen
"01907 native tells the true tale of a family divided by war" by Meaghan Casey
"Swampscott native's book explores plight of Japanese-American family in WWII"
Article by Greg Phipps based on author reading at the Swampscott Public Library
Midnight in Broad Daylight -- "meticulously researched utilizing both English and Japanese language sources and beautifully written" -- is the springboard for a discussion of the existing literature on the topic of strandees.
Front-page article in advance of talk and reading at the Swampscott Public Library on July 27, 2016
Article by Kate Tuttle before July 28, 2016 reading at the Harvard Coop at 7:00 PM
Article by Will Broaddus in advance of reading at the Swampscott Public Library on July 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM
"Although the novelistic elements of Sakamoto’s book — graceful prose, solid plot line, dexterous character development, and philosophical heft — enthralled me, what also drew me powerfully into “Midnight in Broad Daylight” was its transpacific subject matter and the resourceful and consequential way in which Sakamoto has exploited it."
Midnight in Broad Daylight is one of 5 picks by Emily Farrell.
"This evocative and detailed story ... Sakamoto paints with a supple brush ... and the reader settles in for an engrossing triple-lensed portrait of life during wartime."
"That Sakamoto is able to tell such a long and multifaceted story with readable omnipresence is a remarkable achievement, and is clearly the product of many years of research and interviews. But more than just an engrossing tale of a family riven by war, this book is a valuable document that captures the lived experience of a group of Americans, patriotic despite the treatment they received from their government, who deserve as thorough a chronicle as our historians can offer."
Transcribed and edited phone interview with journalist Deborah Kalb
"A factual story of disrupted lives during wartime, it raises deep, timeless questions about loyalty to one's country and family....with a novelist's sense of pacing and pulsing, at times lyrical, language, Rotner Sakamoto weaves a seamless mosaic of historical research and personal accounts....Throughout the book, the narrative is impartial yet deeply moving, a genuine empathy marking both the Fukuharas and the author....Most people agree that truth is stranger than fiction. But this astonishing history, a milestone in cultural studies, shows that life can be more complex than common notions of national allegiance."
"As meticulous as Sakamoto has been with research, her greater feat is her storytelling prowess.... Midnight proves to be a resounding literary success that profoundly personalizes the devastating human cost of war."
Republished in "Book Dragon: Books for the Multi-Culti Reader," Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, April 7, 2016.