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Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung

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One of my favorite novels from 2012 is now available in paperback from Riverhead Trade.

 

 

In Forgotten Country, first-time novelist Catherine Chung skillfully weaves together memory, history, and Korean folk tales to tell us the beautiful story of a family who left Korea for the United States twenty years ago.  The father is dying of cancer while the younger sister has cut off all ties to her family.  Seeking cutting-edge cancer treatment, what is left of the family goes back to Korea.  In the country they left behind all those years ago, the whole family finally reconnects and slowly learns to forgive each other for past misdeeds.  Chung shows us that one person can be different people in different countries; one’s homeland, one’s birthplace, should never be a “forgotten country.”

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Suspenseful Family Novels

I read these books for Elle Magazine’s March 2012 Readers’ Prize.

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong by Aimee Phan (St. Martin’s)

Phan takes readers from Vietnam to Malaysia and then to France and Los Angeles in this sweeping, heart-wrenching tale. The Truong and Vo families leave their war-ravaged homeland for better lives but find themselves separated from each other both physically and emotionally. Yet Cherry’s journey to Vietnam to reconnect with her exiled brother evidences how the families are forever bound together. Phan gives readers a story rich in history, showing us that while families might be separated, familial ties remain strong.—Jaime Boler, Laurel, MS

Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung (Riverhead)

In Forgotten Country, first-time novelist Chung skillfully weaves together memory, history, and Korean folk tales to tell us the beautiful story of a family who left Korea for the United States 20 years ago. The father is dying of cancer, while the younger sister has cut off all ties to her family. Seeking cutting-edge cancer treatment, what is left of the family goes back to Korea. In the country they left behind all those years ago, the whole family finally reconnects and slowly learns to forgive each other for past misdeeds. Chung shows us that one person can be different people in different countries; one’s homeland, one’s birthplace, should never be a “forgotten country.”—Jaime Boler, Laurel, MS

Other Waters by Eleni N. Gage
(St. Martin’s)

Gage’s novel is like a fictional version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love. In Other Waters, Maya undergoes a life-changing journey that takes her from Manhattan to India. I love how believable the tale is and how Maya successfully navigates two cultures in creating a new identity for herself.—Jaime Boler, Laurel, MS

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Spring Fiction from Catherine Chung and Aimee Phan

I know it’s cold outside, but never fear.  Warmer weather is just around the corner.  The holidays will be over before you know it.  Soon, 2012 will be upon us.  The Spring and Spring fiction are not far behind.

We’re lucky to have some great reads scheduled for release in March.  Here are two I especially love.

In Forgotten Country, first-time novelist Catherine Chung skillfully weaves together memory, history, and Korean folk tales to tell us the beautiful story of a family who left Korea for the United States twenty years ago.  The father is dying of cancer while the younger sister has cut off all ties to her family.  Seeking cutting-edge cancer treatment, what is left of the family goes back to Korea.  In the country they left behind all those years ago, the whole family finally reconnects and slowly learns to forgive each other for past misdeeds.  Chung shows us that one person can be different people in different countries; one’s homeland, one’s birthplace, should never be a “forgotten country.”

Aimee Phan, author of the short story collection We Should Never Meet, brings us The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, her debut novel.  Phan takes readers from Vietnam to Malaysia to France to Los Angeles in this sweeping, heart-wrenching tale.  The Truong and Vo families leave their war-ravaged homeland for better lives but find themselves separated from each other, both physically and emotionally.  Yet, they are all forever bound together, and Cherry journeys to Vietnam to reconnect with her brother, exiled over a family secret.  Phan gives readers a story rich in history and shows us while families might be separated, familial ties remain strong.

Both books were Advanced Readers Copies.

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