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

Ten Thousand Sorrows by Elizabeth Kim

A Korean adoptee’s memoir of a horrific childhood and her struggle for identity and belonging. It was criticized for inaccuracy by oversensitive readers who disagreed about the historical treatment of women who bore illegitimate children (they were murdered). A strong psychodrama study, it is also a compelling and difficult story of a child's survival and adjustment.

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