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

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Language of Blood: A Memoir, by Jane Jeong Trenka

Using a variety of styles and narratives, Korean adoptee Trenka tells of her experience surviving a violent stalking in Minnesota, as well as her coming of age with racism, going to Korea to find her mother who soon died with cancer, an older sister, and ultimately, love. A search for what is Korean and her Korean American identity. The prose is accurately praised for being luminous and carefully beautiful.

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