Silent Honor

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Silent Honor
Silent Honor Book cover.jpg
Author Danielle Steel
Country United States
Language English
Genre Romance novel
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 353 pp
ISBN 0-385-31301-2
OCLC 34576683
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3569.T33828 S57 1996

Silent Honor is a novel written by Danielle Steel, published in 1996. The plot follows Hiroko, an eighteen-year-old who leaves Japan to live with her uncle in California, United States, after making a difficult decision based on her needs and her mother's beliefs. However, when Pearl Harbor is bombed, she becomes an enemy in the American community. The book was published by Delacorte Press.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

In August, 1941, Hiroko visits the United States from Japan, as she has an uncle, aunt, and cousins living there. Upon first arrival, she settles in well and continues to lead a regular life, however, on December 7, 1941 — Pearl Harbor is bombed, thus making them an enemy in their community and across the USA, as they are considered foreigners. Ordered to stay by her father, she remains occupied in California, however, the military are ordered to remove all Japanese citizens, and she ends up being put in a detention centre, having to fight to stay alive.[2]

List of characters[edit]

Hiroko Takashimaya[edit]

Seventeen-year-old Japanese girl who visits California for studying at St. Andrew's College just before Japan's Pearl Harbor attack

Peter Jenkins[edit]

Colleague of Takao at Stanford University who befriends Hiroko

Takao Tanaka[edit]

A cousin of Hiroko's father, who is a professor at Stanford University in California

Masao Takashimaya[edit]

Hiroko's father who teaches at Kyoto University

Yuji Takashimaya[edit]

Hiroko's younger brother in Japan

Anne Spencer[edit]

Hiroko's roommate at St. Andrew's dormitory


Publishers Weekly comments about the book that "Steel's slapdash prose and stereotypical characterization produce a formulaic tale, albeit more earnest and didactic than her usual fare".[3]


  1. ^ Silent Honor, Plot outline. Retrieved on 2007-12-25
  2. ^ Fantastic Fiction, Plot for the book "Silent Honor". Retrieved on 2007-12-25
  3. ^ Editorial reviews, Publishers Weekly. Retrieved on 2007-12-25