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, October 3, 2008

The Lucky Gourd Shop by Joanna Catherine Scott

An imagined tale of the mother of three Korean girls the author adopted. This fictionalized story tells the sorrowful story of a simple orphan girl, in postwar Korea (mid-late 1950s) who works in a gourd shop. She comes to have an abusive boyfriend who also beats his wife, and eventually marries him, since she is downtrodden, not terribly smart and mostly without other options. The grandmother holds the strongest positive influence, but is old and ill and gives up kids at the end.

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