The Calligrapher’s Daughter (by Eugenia Kim) c.2009

The Calligrapher’s Daughter (2009) by Eugenia Kim [Adult Fiction]

I recently read this book for Eric’s evening book club in July. The author, Eugenia Kim, gives the reader a personal look at the Japanese occupation in Korea at the beginning of the 20th Century. Tragedies ensue for the family as a result, and the reader follows the life of Najin Han from her nameless, childhood days to post World War II.  Kim uses the story of her parents and specifically, her mother, as the basis for this novel.

Well-written and deeply engaging with the reader, Kim examines the relationships between mother and daughter, Christianity and Confucianism, and tradition and modernity.

Description: Engaging, Heart-Wrenching, Based on a True Story

If you liked The Calligrapher’s Daughter, try:

Honolulu by Alan Brennert

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Pearl Buck in China by Hilary Spurling

Review by Carlen (7/13/2010)

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