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White Chrysanthemum
White Chrysanthemum | Mary Lynn Bracht
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Hana and her little sister Emi are part of an island community of haenyo, women who make their living from diving deep into the sea off the southernmost tip of Korea. One day Hana sees a Japanese soldier heading for where Emi is guarding the days catch on the beach. Her mother has told her again and again never to be caught alone with one. Terrified for her sister, Hana swims as hard as she can for the shore. So begins the story of two sisters suddenly and violently separated by war. Switch-backing between Hana in 1943 and Emi as an old woman today, White Chrysanthemum takes us into a dark and devastating corner of history. But pulling us back into the light are two women whose love for one another is strong enough to triumph over the evils of war.
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Deblovestoread
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March #Roll100. Goal is to get at least one of the three read and off my kindle.

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 4w
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JillR
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Mehso-so

A story of two Korean sisters split apart by war, the eldest forced into being a “comfort woman” for Japanese soldiers. It is a harrowing story, very unpleasant to read at times, yet done with care, and uplifting in parts. An important period in history to be told. Yet something just didn‘t grip me or make me feel as strongly as I felt I should. I have read other books dealing with this period/subject and think I was comparing perhaps.

LeeRHarry Yes this was very brutal. 2mo
IndianBookworm What about the younger sister? 2mo
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suvata
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• TBR since 2019

Korea 1943: Hana, a Korean sea diver, has lived her entire life under Japanese occupation, enjoying an independence few other Koreans can claim. But when she saves her little sister from a Japanese soldier, she is transported to Manchuria and forced to become a “comfort woman”.

South Korea 2011: Emi has spent more than sixty years trying to forget the sacrifice her sister made, but she must confront the past to discover peace.

LeeRHarry This was brutal. 5mo
LeeRHarry This was brutal. 5mo
suvata @LeeRHarry Yes, it was. War is like that. 5mo
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Butterfinger
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Have you ever picked at sore so much that it never heals? That is how I am feeling at the moment - my heart begins to scab and then Hana or Emi gets hurt or shares another memory and that freshly scabbed wound is ripped open. Over and over. Trigger Warning for torture and rape. A sad example of occupying armies using women as a weapon to dehumanize.

#ReadingAsia #SouthKorea #Mongolia @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Librarybelle This sounds like a very emotional read 2y
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abookishbutterfly
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We went to The Dollar Tree for a new broom because ours broke. We left with a few other things because of who I am as a person.

dariazeoli Wow, they have HP stickers at Dollar Tree?? That‘s a steal! 2y
abookishbutterfly @dariazeoli You never know what treasures you‘ll find at The Dollar Tree 🙂 2y
robinb DG rocks! Always finding treasures there! 😂 2y
abookishbutterfly @robinb It‘s such a great place to boost your mood with fun things without spending much money! 2y
robinb @Butterflyamore Totally agree!! 👍 2y
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cajunsyd
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I love learning about history through personal stories, fictional or nonfictional. I enjoyed this story set during the Japanese occupation of Korea.

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DebinHawaii
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#LilithJuly
White chrysanthemums symbolize loyalty & devoted love & in Korea they are a symbol of grief & mourning so I think they are like a #WhiteFlag of sorts & fit todays song pick. This book is a tough but beautifully written story of two Korean sisters separated by war when one is taken away by a Japanese soldier as a ‘comfort woman‘ while the younger one is left behind with survivor‘s guilt, wondering what happened to her sister.

Cinfhen Sounds like a tough read. Love your train of thought ♥️ 4y
TrishB I thought this was a great read 👍🏻 4y
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jenniferheidi
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Book 2 of my #12booksofsummer challenge isn‘t one I would revisit or recommend. A gruelling tale of a young Korean woman kidnapped by Japanese soldiers who enslave her as a “comfort woman” and her sister left behind to endure even more horrors of war. Whilst the story is important, I didn‘t like this book or the writing and found the plot too implausible.

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charl08
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Mehso-so

Deals with important themes but not a winner for me.

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Insightsintobooks
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Emmalibby
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4/5
A brilliant debut novel on a difficult but important subject. It was a very good read but quite harrowing in some parts. I did cry my way through the last few chapters.
I would definitely recommend this book.

(a book with a plant in the title or cover for #popsugarchallenge and a book with an elderly character for #aroundtheyearin52books)

#whatireadin2019 #fiction #historicalfiction #pop19 #aroundtheyearin52books

TrishB I loved this book ❤️ 4y
Emmalibby @TrishB it's my fave of the books I've read recently, haven't got so emotional over a book in a while. 4y
MrBook Great review! 4y
readinginthedark This sounds so good but so hard to read! 🙈 4y
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rachelwill
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Book 31: Two strong characters, one horrifying moment is history. Yet this book manages to find flickers of compassion within the horror. A moving read based on true accounts and an important author's note that we must not forget the stories of these women that were silenced for too long.

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Jas16
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The beginning was so hard to read, gut wrenching scenes about Hana being abducted and forced to become a comfort woman, servicing Japanese soldiers. Yet it was Emi, the sister left behind who wrestles with survivor‘s guilt, whose storyline really resonated with me. I hated the ending enough so that this was almost a so-so for me but I haven‘t been able to stop thinking about this book since I finished it a few nights ago.

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MallenNC
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This book is about a very tough subject, and it was hard to read, but I just kept thinking how important it is for the world to know this happened. Historical fiction does a good job of making the worst parts of human history real for those of us who weren't aware. I am glad my book club picked this because otherwise I may not have read it.

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Cindyelizavaz
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This book brought out all the emotions in me. So much of heartache. So much pain. War has brought upon so much of pain to people, and have taken away loved ones, breaking ones‘ spirit and soul in the process. One book I will treasure for a really long time.

TrishB Loved this too ❤️ 5y
RebelReader Great book! 👍🏻 5y
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Booknerd2
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Heart wrenching book about “comfort women”. I knew nothing on this subject. Just goes to show, you learn something new every day. 💜💜💜

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GatheringBooks
White Chrysanthemum | Mary Lynn Bracht
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These are the books up for grabs for the #LitWorld2018GB (Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge). Never too late to sign up. Here is the April-June linky: https://gatheringbooks.org/april-june-2018-linky/ - winners will be announced by July. Open internationally. Don‘t forget to link up your reviews to be eligible for book prizes!
More details here: https://gatheringbooks.org/literary-voyage-around-the-world-reading-challenge-20...

BookishMe 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 5y
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tokyoseg
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This was such a difficult and devastating read. It's an eye opener about lesser talked about WW2 horrors, the war crimes the Japanese have committed against Koreans, particularly the young girls and women who were kidnapped to become sex slaves for the Japanese army. It makes you think about horrors women suffer in wars, even today.
The parts with the younger sister who was spared that fate but suffered the burden were especially heartbreaking.

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peacegypsy
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An exemplary read that speaks to the many, many often forgotten casualties of war. A heart-wrenching novel but one necessary to enriching an understanding of the human experience.

Reecaspieces This is one fabulous book!! 5y
peacegypsy @Reecaspieces That‘s for sure! 😊 5y
TrishB Loved this 💔 5y
peacegypsy @TrishB me, too 5y
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peacegypsy
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So that Summer Shandy went down A LOT faster than the last few pages of this book! Oops! 😂😂😂😂

JenReadsAlot Love summer shandy 😊 5y
peacegypsy It‘s the best! @JenReadsAlot 5y
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vlwelser
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I really liked this one. It's WWII historical fiction about Korean girls stolen from their families by the Japanese to serve as comfort women in brothels near the fighting in Manchuria.

#NetGalley #ARC

TrishB I enjoyed this read 👍🏻 5y
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Jlmergler
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Started this last night, on page 38, and already I can tell it‘s going to be brutal. 😢

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TrishB
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Very hard to read book - but so worth the effort. I didn‘t know anything about Japanese/Korean relationship until Pachinko. This adds a bit more as the focus is on ‘comfort woman‘ used during WW2 by Japanese soldiers. It‘s horrible to read about and the fact that similar abuse continues across every conflict is hard to accept.

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peacegypsy
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Starting to hear some mention of this. Going to see if it‘s worth talking about. Happy Tuesday, friends! 🌸🌺🌷🌼

Reecaspieces It is an amazing read!!! 5y
peacegypsy @Reecaspieces Great to know! 5y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Just a few of the awesome historical fiction books being realeased this year!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
https://media.bookbub.com/blog/2018/01/03/preview-best-historical-fiction-2018/

thereadingowlvina These are great! I love historical fiction ❤ 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too!!! This list is fabulous!!!!! 5y
theresidentromantic I like when it references that the author has written other books about strong women. Like the Hidden Figures author will not give up until the world realizes that there are strong, brilliant women behind all modern projects contributed to men and I admire that. 5y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @theresidentromantic yes me too!!!! Go us!!! 👊🏻👊🏻 5y
JaclynW So many intriguing ones! Some from a few of my favorite authors! Yippee! 5y
tammysue Great list! I‘m looking forward to reading these! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JaclynW next Year in Havana And I am Anastasia are definitely on my list!!! 5y
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Kmacthelibrarian
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#Koreanhistory and story of Korean comfort women as told from perspective of 2 sisters separated by #worldwarII. UPDATE: This was a really hard read. Brutal, really. But necessary. Time to read some kid lit.

Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 5y
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rmaclean4
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I found this debut novel very "readable" and it told about a time in history that I know very little of. In the afterword the author talks about giving each of the main characters the ending that she wished they would have, rather than what would have been their historical fate. That was my issue with this novel. I wish that the author had been brave enough to let the sisters story end in the logical and more historically accurate way.

Erinsuereads That is a super interesting way to put it and probably the most accurate assessment of the authors choice. Being brave enough to be true to the story is often the hardest part of the physical writing. 5y
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GerardtheBookworm
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A moving story of the plight of comfort women in Japanese occupied Korea during World War II. Two sisters experience perseverance, courage, redemption, and forgiveness throughout this ordeal. A moving, emotional story

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DebinHawaii
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I need to stop listening to audiobooks that make me 😢in public places. I was caught up in this WWII historical fiction about two Korean sisters. Hana sacrifices herself to save her younger sister Emi from Japanese soldiers & is taken away & forced to be a 'comfort woman' in a Japanese brothel. Hard to listen to but a good story & ultimately satisfying. Paired with a favorite tea-decaf chocolate-coconut & afternoon snack nuts. #MarchMunchies #tea

BookishBeth I have a hefty commute and audiobooks get me to and from work. I try to avoid emotional books because I‘m sensitive to others emotions. My main thought is, “You‘re wearing mascara. You‘re wearing mascara. You...you WERE wearing mascara.” 5y
Smrloomis @BookishBeth 😂 funny but also understandable. I had to stop reading Please Look After Mother in public a few years ago. I was worried I was scaring the people around me! (edited) 5y
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DebinHawaii
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My current library audiobook is quite heart wrenching & offers a Korean perspective on WWII. Sisters Hana & Emi are separated when Hana, protecting Emi from Japanese soldiers, is captured & sent to Manchuria as a 'comfort woman' in a Japanese military brothel. The sisters' experienced are told in both. past & modern day. I'm only about 5 chapters in but it has me intrigued & wanting to listen to more. With my latest snack 'addiction' & iced tea.😋

Hooked_on_books After loving Pachinko, I was worried this one wouldn‘t measure up, but I found it quite different and really enjoyed it. It‘s pretty brutal in places. 5y
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Audrey
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A brutal and sad read. Set in Korea during WWII, one sister, Hana, sacrifices herself to save her younger sister, Emi. Hana becomes a sex slave (“comfort woman”) to Japanese soldiers in Manchuria while Emi tries to survive both WWII and the Korean War as well as the lingering guilt about her sister‘s disappearance. Told from alternating points of views, from two different points in time, you feel the loss and trauma of both sides.

monalyisha Neat overlay! What app do you use? 5y
Audrey @monalyisha it‘s on the litsy app itself. 5y
monalyisha @audrey Whaaat?! Haha! I clearly need to play around with some of the features more, then! 🙈 5y
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julee318
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Reecaspieces
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🍭🍭🍭🍭🍭 Y‘all this book is amazing! Read my review here https://reecaspieces.com/2018/02/06/white-chrysanthemum-by-mary-lynn-bracht/

RebelReader I loved it too! 5y
kidamy *gasp!* That teapot! 😍😍😍 5y
Reecaspieces @kidamy I know.... a steal at an antique shop...my husband hates it 😂 5y
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Reecaspieces @RebelReader it‘s is amazing 5y
Texreader My husband would hate it too, but I love it!! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!!! 5y
Reecaspieces @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you.....the book is fabulous 5y
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Reecaspieces
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Well! I finished. I read four complete books, one on audible. Finished two which were previously started before the #readathon and 6hours into another audio book. I may have to take a break from reading for a while. However it maybe a book hangover from #whitechrysanthemums one of the best books ever! #24in48 #audiblebookssavedtheday #readathon #goingtobednow #havechorestomorrow

Melissa_J Good job! 5y
DGRachel Well done! 5y
bookish_wookish 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5y
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GarthRanzz Awesome! 5y
Reecaspieces @DGRachel @Melissa_J my first time to participate...whew 5y
catebutler Great job! 5y
CoverToCoverGirl Awesome 👏😎 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Way to go!!!!! 🎊🎉🙌🏻📚👏🏻 5y
Wannabe_Quijote Amazing!! 5y
drokka 🙌 5y
Reecaspieces @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I may not read for a few days...whew 5y
Reecaspieces @Wannabe_Quijote tougher than I thought 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reecaspieces I bet!!!! Watch something good on tv!! I knew I couldn‘t do it because hubby is off this weekend lol 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚🎉🎉 5y
Reecaspieces @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yep...mine was hunting so it was perfect for me. May never occur like this again 😂 5y
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ElishaLovesBooks Good job!!🎉🎉 5y
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NCNY 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 5y
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Reecaspieces @Andrew65 @Bookzombie thanks you! It was a challenge 5y
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Reecaspieces
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Y‘all this book! It‘s killing me! They were called “comfort girls”. The Japanese stole them and used them to “service”their men. She was just 16

jbhops Oh my God. I can't even imagine. 5y
Reecaspieces @jbhops I can‘t stop reading but I have to stop and rest. 5y
Soubhiville That‘s horrifying. 5y
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CocoReads Heartbreaking 5y
Reecaspieces @Soubhiville this book is amazing. Sad but amazing. 5y
Reecaspieces @CocoReads yes it is. But dang I can‘t stop 5y
cobwebmoth How horrible! 5y
jbhops I went to see if I could download it and Amazon says it's not available yet. Do you have an early version? 5y
Reecaspieces @jbhops yes...I think it will be out January 30. And I would get it and read asap 5y
NCNY This is such a painful part of the Korean/Japanese conflict. That it's still denied by some people is appalling. 5y
Reecaspieces @NCNY I agreed. And that is mentioned in the book...all they wanted was an apology 5y
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Reecaspieces
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Enjoying this wonderful sunshine! #socksunday #24in48 #readathon #sunshine #amreading #18hoursin

ReadingManda Are your socks Vera Bradley? 5y
Reecaspieces @ReadingManda yes ma‘am....on sale! 😜 5y
ReadingManda They match my glasses! 5y
Reecaspieces @ReadingManda well...Get you a pair! That would be perfect! 👏👏👏 5y
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Reecaspieces
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Ok! Life is interrupting for a few hours. Y‘all this book is amazing! I hate to stop! Lulu doesn‘t much care. #24in48 #readathon #lulu

Louise Awww, that little nose! ❤️🐾 5y
Reecaspieces @Louise 😂yes....and it gets her in trouble too. Because she can‘t keep it clean!, 😜 5y
JillPill Such a cute doggy!! 5y
Christine11 I got this book from goodreads and keep forgetting about it - you just reminded me I need to read it soon ! It sounds really good 😊 5y
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RebelReader
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This is a sad story of two sisters who are separated when Hana is taken by a Japanese soldier to be a "comfort woman". Hana living in horror as a sex slave and Emi living with the guilt that Hanna sacrificed herself in order to save her from capture. It did move slowly at times and the brutality is abundant as with any war story, but these women are strong characters and their story is compelling.

nelehelen Thanks for sharing. I‘m very familiar with that history and still breaks my heart. Can‘t wait to read this! 5y
SilversReviews Thanks....I wasn‘t sure what this was about. 5y
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Hooked_on_books
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While uneven in places, overall this is a powerful book about 2 Korean women in 1943 and 2011. It explores both women‘s experience in WWII, including military sexual slavery, domestic violence, and the importance of family. Make no mistake, this is a brutal, graphic book, but it is riveting and important. I definitely recommend.

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Rhondareads
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A time a place I know nothing about rave reviews love historical fiction ,excited to start reading.

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Librarylady
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Starting this today. I love historical fiction. Especially when it's about a place and time I don't know much about.