In the Absence of Sun

In the Absence of Sun

A Korean American Woman's Promise to Reunite Three Lost Generations of Her Family

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Describes the attempt of Helie Lee to reunite her grandmother with her uncle who was lost decades ago during an escape from North Korea.

Blackwell North Amer
Helie Lee often had heard her grandmother speak of an uncle, lost decades ago when he was a child during the family's daring escape from North Korea. As an adult, he was still living there under horrid conditions. When her grandmother began to ail, Helie became determined to reunite her with her eldest son, despite tremendous odds. Helie's mission became even more urgent when she realized that her first book, the bestselling novel Still Life with Rice, about the family's escape, might have angered the North Korean government and put her uncle in danger.
Pushing through rivers and forests, fighting the cold, bribing and manipulating border guards, gangsters, and secret service agents, Helie and her father finally achieve their goal. But there are many hurdles. Her uncle is forced to make a horrowing choice: leave his North Korean family behind or continue to live in oppression and starvation away from his beloved mother. And Helie has to face her deep, sometimes ambivalent, emotions about her identity in the family and as a Korean American woman. Unmarried and outspoken, she struggles in Korea, where women marry early and keep silent, and writes eloquently about the landscape there, both literal and cultural. She comes through a heartbreaking love affair only to face an intense and confusing relationship with the Guide - the man who, despite being crude and macho, ultimately helps to save her uncle and eventually his extended family through several daring acts of heroism.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of Still Life with Rice describes the impact of her previous book on her family and the dangerous rescue mission she and her family undertook to rescue her uncle from North Korea. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780609609347
0609609343
Branch Call Number: 920 LEE
Characteristics: 342 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm

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