Lighting Out for the Territory
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Jane Hammons
July 2011
Contributor
Written by
Jane Hammons
July 2011
I began a blog that I named Lighting Out for the Territory, using Huck Finn's expression for escaping to the West to suggest the setting of the novel. My first post is about the historic Japanese-American greenhouses in Richmond, California. Abandoned when Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 and Japanese-Americans were forced to leave their businesses and homes behind, the greenhouses were sometimes tended by friends. The greenhouses pictured here are being demolished to make way for housing in Richmond. My photographer friend, Marla Misunas, kindly gave me permission to display some of her beautiful photographs to go with an excerpt from the novel.

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