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A Booklist Top 10 First Novels of 2012 pick
A Bookpage Best Books of 2012 pick
“A richly emotional portrait of a family that had me spellbound from page one.”—Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild
The night before Janie’s sister, Hannah, is born, her grandmother tells her a story: Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, and Janie is told to keep Hannah safe. Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie goes to find her. Thus begins a journey that will force her to confront her family’s painful silence, the truth behind her parents’ sudden move to America twenty years earlier, and her own conflicted feelings toward Hannah.
Weaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one another.
From Publishers Weekly
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Yuk! What misery. I see the points made,,, but. Yuk. I wish I hadn't read it
Wonderful book. I found it hard to put down as the characters evolved along with their relationships with each other. I thought of my own family and the trials that relatives had been through to settle in this country and in the end was reminded of the fact that in today's technological society that family history and their stories are being regrettably lost.