It is the early 1940s in America. The Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor and America is in turmoil. Henry Lee wears a badge which reads 'I am Chinese' to differentiate himself from the Japanese community. These are racist times and Henry Lee has long known hatred and violence.
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Nineteen-year-old Irma leads a lonely, constricted life, ostracised by her Mennonite father and their community following her marriage to Jorge, an outsider. Irma's younger sister Aggie visits her unbeknownst to her father, providing a link with the outside world.
A sensitive and deeply personal view of schizophrenia and the impact mental illness has on a family, Circles Around the Sun is a thoughtful and heartfelt examination of the devastating sense of loss Molly McCloskey feels at her older brother Mike's succumbing to this cruel illness.