When Calvin and Najin Cho with daughter Miran in tow, migrate to the US in 1948, they have every intention of sending for their second child once they are established. However the advent of the Korean War throws these plans into disarray, and it is not until Inja is a teenager that she is reunited with her parents and sister.
With its basis in the author's family history, this story offers a richly detailed and thoughtful rendering of both the migrant experience and modern Korean history and culture viewed through the lens of its unique sibling narrators.
Some found the book to be most satisfying. Others felt it lacked empathy and pace.
We all found this story interesting and educational as did not know much about Korean history/culture. Some found the writing a little dull and the thoughts assigned to a young child (Inja) a little unlikely, in the early parts of the book. All enjoyed the notes and felt it was quite important to read them BEFORE tackling the story.
We all thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The language in this book is wonderful. A very good read.
Really enjoyed by a couple of members, but not by the majority.
A mixed reaction to this book.
Absorbing and interesting, sometimes shocking and surprising - we all learnt from this book.
We all thoroughly enjoyed reading this beautifully written book. It was indeed a 'Kinship of Secrets'. Historically, we found it most interesting. Korea and its people were woven into the story of 2 families and 2 'sisters', living in Korea and in America. A deeply moving story.
Started out really well, but rushed in the second half.