A victorian epic transplanted to Japan, following a Korean family of immigrants through eight decades and four generations.
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Longlisted for the National Book Award.
Yeongdo, Korea 1911. A club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl.
The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then a Christian minister offers a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.
Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country where she has no friends and no home, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story.
Paperback; 560 pages; 340g