Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung

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“A richly emotional portrait of a family that had me spellbound from page one.”—Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild

The night before Janie’s sister, Hannah, is born, her grandmother tells her a story: Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, and Janie is told to keep Hannah safe. Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie goes to find her. Thus begins a journey that will force her to confront her family’s painful silence, the truth behind her parents’ sudden move to America twenty years earlier, and her own conflicted feelings toward Hannah.

About Catherine Chung

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CATHERINE CHUNG was born in Evanston, Illinois, and grew up in New York, New Jersey, and Michigan. She was named one of Granta 's New Voices, and is the recipient of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. She lives in Brooklyn.
Published March 1, 2012 by Riverhead Hardcover. 304 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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During a quarrel, Janie claims their parents are done with Hannah and tells her not to come to Korea.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this beautiful debut novel, sisters Janie and Hannah demonstrate very different reactions to their Korean parents and heritage.

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Star Tribune

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Chung's writing is graceful and delicate in this wrenching story of two sisters recovering what had been lost to them.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Perhaps, after her debut novel, Catherine Chung will gain the freedom to write according to her own heart and vision.

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DC Spotlight Newspaper

Both Janie and Hannah grew up with the knowledge of their parents’ losses and the promise of their new American life, but Hannah chooses to focus on her future, while Janie tries to fulfill her father’s dreams as a mathematician through her own graduate work.

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