Study Guide

Etta Heine in Snow Falling on Cedars

By David Guterson

Etta Heine

She's the mother of Carl Heine, Jr. and wife of the late Carl Heine, Sr. She testifies for the prosecution in Kabuo Miyamoto's murder trial. She has some intense anti-Japanese American sentiments that have definitely colored her interactions with the Miyamotos (and pop up in her testimony as well). She's convinced that Kabuo Miyamoto has it out for her family because of a land dispute between the Miyamotos and the Heines. If you're looking to raise your blood pressure, be sure to read and re-read the section of the story that features her prominently.