All Woman and Springtime by Brandon W. Jones

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Before she met Il-sun in an orphanage, Gi was a hollow husk of a girl, broken from growing up in one of North Korea’s forced-labor camps. A mathematical genius, she learned to cope with pain by retreating into a realm of numbers and calculations, an escape from both the past and the present. Gi becomes enamored of the brash and radiant Il-sun, a friend she describes as “all woman and springtime.” But Il-sun’s pursuit of a better life imperils both girls when her suitor spirits them across the Demilitarized Zone and sells them as sex workers, first in South Korea and then in the United States.
All Woman and Springtime takes us behind the iron curtain of the most mysterious country on earth as it weaves a heartbreaking, breath-taking story.

 

About Brandon W. Jones

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Brandon Jones lives in Hawaii. His website is www.brandonjonesauthor.com.
 
Published March 12, 2013 by Algonquin Books. 385 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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The opening part reads like a primer of everyday drudgery and illusion in the totalitarian regime, where they learn that they live in a "Worker’s Paradise," in contrast to the oppression of South Korea, where “imperialist Americans were harsh overlords.” Gi is comparatively plain and boyish, with...

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In Jones’s dramatic debut novel, 17-year old North Korean orphan girls, Il-sun and Gyong-ho, work hard and go hungry, yet believe that they live well because of “the grace of the Dear Leader.” Headstrong and beautiful, Il-sun begins an affair with a handsome, connected man who promptly sell...

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Book Reporter

Brandon Jones’ debut novel follows two orphaned girls through their brutal upbringing in a North Korean factory, across the North and South Korean borders into a sex trafficking market that spans from the Orient to the United States.

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Christian Science Monitor

– way to experience this novel can be be found in the words of one of its unfortunate characters: “… that being a witness, she was involved, and being involved, she had a responsibility to act.” Terry Hong writes BookDragon, a book review blog for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.

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Christian Science Monitor

Just as North Korea’s presence in news headlines has proliferated of late – thanks to the installation of the third-generation round-faced despot;

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Bookmarks Magazine

Gi becomes enamored of the brash and radiant Il-sun, a friend she describes as “all woman and springtime.” But Il-sun’s pursuit of a better life imperils both girls when her suitor spirits them across the Demilitarized Zone and sells them as sex workers, first in South Korea and then in the Unite...

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