Sixteen-year-old Haemi Lee, along with her widowed mother and ailing brother, are forced to flee to a refugee camp on the coast of Korea, when the communistbacked army from the North invades their home. There she is able to escape her dreary existence for a few precious hours at night to meet her beloved childhood friend named Kyunghwan. The two begin to fall in love, but Kyunghwan is so focused on finishing school he doesn't notice that his charming and wealthy cousin has his eyes set on marrying the beautiful Haemi. This captivating debut novel is a rich and breathtaking portrayal of war, refugee life, loss, passion, and decisions made by a woman in order to ensure the security and safety of her family. A beautiful and heartbreaking story that will remain with you long after you've finished the last page.
Note: Ms. Kim will be at the store to discuss her book on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 pm.