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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wow: Forgotten Country

*2012 Debut Adult Fiction Novel*

Goodreads Description:

On the night Janie waits for her sister, Hannah, to be born, her grandmother tells her a story: Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, so Janie is charged with keeping Hannah safe. As time passes, Janie hears more stories, while facts remain unspoken. Her father tells tales about numbers, and in his stories everything works out. In her mother's stories, deer explode in fields, frogs bury their loved ones in the ocean, and girls jump from cliffs and fall like flowers into the sea. Within all these stories are warnings.
Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie embarks on a mission to find her sister and finally uncover the truth beneath her family's silence. To do so, she must confront their history, the reason for her parents' sudden move to America twenty years earlier, and ultimately her conflicted feelings toward her sister and her own role in the betrayal behind their estrangement.
Weaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one another.

This one will be for my 2012 Debut Adult Fiction challenge. It sounds amazing!


  1. Never heard of this one but does sound amazing!

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  2. Wow this sounds intense but interesting! Never heard of it before.

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  3. Oh, I love stories with secrets and strange dynamics.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow, what an absolutely gorgeous cover! I would buy it for that alone, but luckily for me, the story sounds pretty amazing as well. Awesome pick Jennifer!

  5. Sounds like a great read, a nice pick.


  6. Good WoW, I had not heard about this one before :)

  7. I believe I saw this book in the Early Reviewers list at LibraryThing and the cover immediately grabbed my attention. Simple, yet eye catching. Keeping this one on my radar.

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  8. Oh my gosh, it DOES sound amazing!! It always surprises me whenever I read the synopsis for a totally cool book but have never heard anything about it before -- so thank you so much for putting this one on my radar! :)

    Awesome pick for your WOW, Mrs. Q! Plus, I really like that cover!

  9. Sounds very intricate and mysterious. I like the idea of the different stories the adults in her life tell her. And it makes me curious to know what happens with her sister.

  10. Oh, that's great that it's for the challenge. Maybe I'll remember to add it to mine XP I suck at remembering but I like the sound of this one. And the cover! Very pretty!

    Have an amazing reading week!

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  11. This is my first time hearing about this book. It sounds interesting so, i'm adding it to my TBR pile. Thanks for sharing!

  12. This one sounds amazing! I hadn't heard of it before. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Oh yes, I like the sound of this one. Must add it to my list to check out when it's available!