In the early 1900s when Sunja falls pregnant, she refuses to be mistress to a wealthy man she discovers is already married. Instead she accepts an offer of marriage from a minister and they soon leave Korea for Japan.
This is a four generational tale exploring Japan’s attitude towards Koreans as well as the family’s struggles to survive. A compelling story.
Because Jimmy’s father is a Pakeha and his mother Maori, he struggles to discover where he fits in. After his mother leaves to live with another man, Jimmy turns more to his uncle who tells his about his Maori family history.
This is a tough read, but a telling narrative of a family caught between two cultures.
This is a generational saga of Tademy’s family beginning during the slave era in the United States. We learn the struggles of four prominent women who fought for their freedom while at the same time trying to keep their family together.
This is an extremely interesting account because it examines in depth, the lives these women led and how often they were tied to their masters.
After Anne and Serey, a Cambodian refugee, meet in a Montreal jazz club, they are drawn to each other. But when Pol Pot’s reign of terror ends, Serey is compelled to return to Cambodia to find his family. When he doesn’t return, Anne follows. She soon learns the depths of the tragedy and its after effects on the survivors.
After Lewis’s mother drinks a bottle of wine, she drowns while they are out on a picnic together during the 1950s. Because of his repeated failure to save his mother, Lewis become unruly and lands in jail.
On his release, he discovers the past is ever present within both his family and his English community that no longer trust him.
Evan grew up an orphan in a small Mississippi town. When black Evan meets white Valuable, the daughter of the town whore who doesn’t know who her father is, their lives change. Both want a family, something neither of them have, but can this racial combination survive in the 1950’s south?
Pearl’s father is a missionary in China. When Pearl befriends Chinese Willow they are inseparable. It is only under Mao’s repressive regime that Pearl’s family is forced to flee China. The friends have no contact with each other because Willow fears this could endanger her family. Continue reading “Anchee Min’s — Pearl of China *****”