To Swim Across the World by Frances Park

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Korea, 1941, for Sei-Young Shin, a young man born into a poor family in the rural south, it is a time of oppression. The Japanese have issued strict provisions against the Korean language, religion, and food, and Sei-Young is learning important lessons about humiliation and defiance. For Heisook Pang, the daughter of a prominent minister in northern Korea, life is easier. But the onset of World War II changes everything, as Heisooks privilages are suddenly stripped away, and she is forced to make a daring escape, slipping across the border into the South, where her destiny crossed that of Sei-Young in an encounter that changes both their lives forever.
 

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Park is co-author of a popular boutique known as Chocolate-Chocolate. She was born in Cambridge, MA. Park is Co-Owner of the Chocolate Chocolate Shop
 
Published June 13, 2001 by Miramax Books. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The story is spun delicately, illuminating the day-to-day journey through time and distance and fortune that brings Heisook and Sei-Young together, and Sei-Young to the position of assistant to President Syngman Rhee, where he is tossed into the crucible of historical events.

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