Korean American Books

Summaries and reviews of fiction and nonfiction books by Korean American authors,
books about Korean Americans and Korea, and Korean literature in English translation,
including some academic works and a sampling on the Korean War

Monday, March 3, 2008

Translations of Beauty, by Mia Yun

Written in present tense, this tale is about KA estranged twin sisters who meet in Europe to mend their relationship. The source of their difference is an incident in war-torn Korea that leaves one sister facially scarred, and the other (the narrator) struggling with survivor’s guilt, plus Korean identity issues and conflicts with family tradition.

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