Farewell to Manzanar

In what sense are “God and the Sears, Roebuck catalogue” one and the same to young Jeanne?pg. 129

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Jeanne felt that God, like the items in the catalogue, stood just out of reach.

I would recall our days in Ocean Park. I would flip through the Sears, Roebuck catalogue, dreaming of the dresses and boots and coats that were out there somewhere at the other end of the highway beyond the gate. All the truly good things, it often seemed, the things we couldn’t get, were outside, and had to be sent for, or shipped in. In this sense, God and the Sears, Roebuck catalogue were pretty much one and the same in my young mind.

Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki; Houston, James D.. Farewell to Manzanar (p. 129). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.