The White Chrysanthemum

The White Chrysanthemum – Mary Lynn Bracht

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A superb, but harrowing story of two Korean sisters separated in Word War 2 during the Japanese occupation.  Hana is a haenyeo – a diver who collects sea creatures for the market. When she tries to protect her younger sister from a Japanese soldier she is captured and taken away and sold as a prostitute.

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A superb, but harrowing story of two Korean sisters separated in Word War 2 during the Japanese occupation.  Hana is a haenyeo – a diver who collects sea creatures for the market. When she tries to protect her younger sister from a Japanese soldier she is captured and taken away and sold as a prostitute. The story is told by each sister in alternate chapters, with Emi, the younger sister in 2011, looking back at the event that changed her life. The wartime rape of the Korean women is historically accurate, and the sisters, although fictional, represent the reality of the fate of so many of them. Shocking, brutal and yet ultimately redemptive, touted as one of the bigger fiction releases this year from Penguin Random House.

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