Blurb (as on Goodreads):
From the author of The Calligrapher’s Daughter comes the riveting story of two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea, and the family that bound them together even as the Korean War kept them apart.
In 1948 Najin and Calvin Cho, with their young daughter Miran, travel from South Korea to the United States in search of new opportunities. Wary of the challenges they know will face them, Najin and Calvin make the difficult decision to leave their other daughter, Inja, behind with their extended family; soon, they hope, they will return to her.
But then war breaks out in Korea, and there is no end in sight to the separation. Miran grows up in prosperous American suburbia, under the shadow of the daughter left behind, as Inja grapples in her war-torn land with ties to a family she doesn’t remember. Najin and Calvin desperately seek a reunion with Inja, but are the bonds of love strong enough to reconnect their family over distance, time, and war? And as deep family secrets are revealed, will everything they long for be upended?
Told through the alternating perspectives of the distanced sisters, and inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets? explores the cruelty of war, the power of hope, and what it means to be a sister.
A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (a country that was still trying to form a perspective about immigrants).
Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her parents. Inja receives gifts from her parents all the time, her only reminder of her biological parents. But she craves to visit them and be with them.
Miran is a carefree girl and she knows she has a sister but doesn’t how to bond with her via letters. They all try very hard to stay as a family while undergoing a multitude of emotions. They suffer loss but stay in touch.
The Kinship of Secrets is a book on relationships in midst of a crisis. The characters are multilayered and the author’s exploration of emotions is so moving. The plot spans over many years, and we grow with the characters, learn more about them, feel what they feel.
I enjoyed the writing very much. It’s poignant and gripping, just the kind I like most. The story is also about hope and remembrance and feeling everything so deeply. ‘The Kinship of Secrets’ is about a family that has faced so much together that a happily ever after is what they need.
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