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This is a multi generational book about a Korean family. It spans from the early 1900s in Korea to the late 80s in Japan.
I absolutely fell in love with this book.
This book showed me a new side of Japan that I have never seen before. I grew up briefly learning about Japan and Korea in school but we never discussed what kind of relationship these two countries. This book was definitely an eye opener.
But I found the story about Sunja being new wed and living in a foreign country so relatable. I am a first gen America, my family is comes from Central and South America. The way the author describe the Korean community living in Japan and how they were treated reminded me of the stories my parents told me.
The story starts off with Sunja's grandparents and the story ends with Sunja's grandson. Each generation had their own distinct struggles and thoughts on Japan. We saw how the mindset altered as time went on.
This book beautifully tackled racism, religion, social classes and so much more.
I gave this book an A and I highly recommend it.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.