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The Kinship of Secrets

Eugenia Kim



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03 December 2019
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Historical fiction; Korean War
'A gorgeous achievement' Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko 'Graceful, poignant and moving' Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer In 1948 Najin and Calvin Cho, with their young daughter Miran, travel from South Korea to the United States in search of new opportunities. Wary of the challenges ahead, Najin and Calvin make the difficult decision to leave their other daughter, Inja, behind with their extended family; soon, they hope, they will return to her.

But then war breaks out in Korea, and there is no end in sight to the separation. Miran grows up in prosperous American suburbia, under the shadow of the daughter left behind, as Inja grapples in her war-torn land with ties to a family she doesn't remember. Najin and Calvin desperately seek a reunion with Inja, but are the bonds of love strong enough to reconnect their family over distance, time and war? And as deep family secrets are revealed, will everything they long for be upended?

Told through the alternating perspectives of the distanced sisters, and inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets explores the cruelty of war, the power of hope, and what it means to be a sister.
By:   Eugenia Kim
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   230g
ISBN:   9781526602855
ISBN 10:   1526602857
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   03 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Eugenia Kim's debut novel, The Calligrapher's Daughter, won the 2009 Borders Original Voices Award, was shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a 2009 Best Historical Novel and Critic's Pick by the Washington Post. A Bennington College MFA graduate, Kim teaches at Fairfield University's MFA Creative Writing Program. She lives in Washington, DC.

Reviews for The Kinship of Secrets

The Kinship of Secrets is a beautiful allegory of loss and recovery. Through the parallel growth of two separated sisters, Kim bears witness to the fall and rise of nation and its resilient and generous people. The Kinship of Secrets is a gorgeous achievement * Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko * Nothing is taken for granted in Eugenia Kim's thoughtful, well-written The Kinship of Secrets ... Poignant and richly evocative of both Korea and the immigrant experience, Kim's insightful novel is based on her own background * Sunday Times * A graceful, poignant and moving portrayal of one family's struggle to remain a family through decades of war, migration and separation * Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer * Beautifully illuminate[s] Korea's past in ways that inform our present ... Kim infuses a coming-of-age story about being an outsider with the realities of the war, which forced many family separations, some of which still persist today * Washington Post * Heartfelt ... Will greatly appeal to readers who enjoy the multicultural novels of Lisa See and Amy Tan, stories that enlighten as well as entertain * Booklist * Finely wrought ... A stirring novel about family and the sacrifices made to keep it whole * Publishers Weekly * Elegant ... A valuable window into Korean history as well as to issues like immigration and assimilation that couldn't be more relevant today * Kirkus Reviews * Kim is a true storyteller, and her latest work is engaging throughout. Readers who enjoy family sagas by Lisa See and Jamie Ford will appreciate this one * Library Journal * I felt as though I had stepped into a graceful story of two countries, South Korea and America, and family ties that survive the challenges of history * Krys Lee, author of How I Became a North Korean * What an extraordinary time to read this heartfelt novel about the bonds of family, set against the backdrop of the Korean War. Eugenia Kim is a masterful storyteller who makes her characters come to life as she spans decades, continents and cultures * Jung Yun, author of Shelter * The Korean War has been called 'the forgotten war' in the West, but Kim's second novel, a powerful narrative about the ways families relentlessly love and protect each other despite immense challenges, is a story that demands to be remembered, along with its history. The Kinship of Secrets is both a meditation on homesickness and a celebration of homecoming that made me appreciate the complicated bonds between sisters, between mothers and daughters, and the love for relatives that become surrogate parents. A beautiful novel, and a necessary, important story for our times * Yoojin Grace Wuertz, author of Everything Belongs to Us * A gripping story of war and immigration, as well as a tender meditation on what it means to be of a family and of a country * Marie Myung-Ok Lee, author of Somebody's Daughter * Keenly and often lyrically observed ... In quietly recording the arc of a woman's experience from idyllic childhood through harrowing adulthood, Kim mirrors the changing nation -- Praise for 'The Calligrapher's Daughter' * Washington Post * A beautiful, deliberate and satisfying story spanning thirty years of Korean history -- Praise for 'The Calligrapher's Daughter' * Publishers Weekly *

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