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White Chrysanthemum
By: Mary Lynn Bracht
List Price: $26.00
Your Price: $15.85
(as of: 09/25/18)
Manufacturer: G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN: 0735214433
Publication Date: 2018-01-30
Release Date 2018-01-30
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For fans of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko and Lilac Girls, the heartbreaking history of Korea is brought to life in this deeply moving and redemptive debut that follows two sisters separated by World War II.

Korea, 1943. Hana has lived her entire life under Japanese occupation. As a haenyeo, a female diver of the sea, she enjoys an independence that few other Koreans can still claim. Until the day Hana saves her younger sister from a Japanese soldier and is herself captured and transported to Manchuria. There she is forced to become a “comfort woman” in a Japanese military brothel. But haenyeo are women of power and strength. She will find her way home.

South Korea, 2011. Emi has spent more than sixty years trying to forget the sacrifice her sister made, but she must confront the past to discover peace. Seeing the healing of her children and her country, can Emi move beyond the legacy of war to find forgiveness?

Suspenseful, hopeful, and ultimately redemptive, White Chrysanthemum tells a story of two sisters whose love for each other is strong enough to triumph over the grim evils of war.



Hana, a haenyeo or sea diver, promised her mother that she would always protect her younger sister Emi. So when Hana saw the Japanese soldier on the beach of Jeju island walking towards Emi, she did the only thing she could think of doing. Swimming back to shore, Hana distracted the solder and allowed him to take her instead of her sister thus beginning her long and terrifying journey as a “comfort woman.” Now, fifty years later, Emi is trying to find out anything she can about the girl she remembers from her childhood, whom she saw standing on the beach that day long ago.

In 1910, Japan annexed Korea as part of a broader campaign to gain dominance over East Asia, and within a year Koreans became second class citizens in their own country. During World War II, the Japanese began seizing Korean women - accounts of the total number of women range from 50,000 to more than 200,000 – and forcing them to become prostitutes, who serviced Japanese soldiers. It wasn’t until 1991 when one of few remaining “comfort women” came forward to tell her story, that the rest of the world learned about what these brave women endured. Bracht’s debut novel is both a heartbreaking and hopeful account of two sisters, whose lives were forever changed by World War II, but whose love for one another and resilience in the face of danger forged a bond between them that endured for decades afterwards.

f you loved The Nightingale or Lilac Girls, you will find White Chrysanthemum to be equally enthralling.
 

 
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