Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung audiobook

Forgotten Country

By Catherine Chung
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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, 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.

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Summary

Summary

A 2013 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award Honourable Mention

A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

Selected for the March 2012 Indie Next List

A 2012 BookPage Best Book for Fiction

A 2012 Booklist Top 10 First Novel

A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, March 2012

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, 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.

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Author Bio: Catherine Chung

Author Bio: Catherine Chung

Catherine Chung was born in Evanston, Illinois, during one of the worst blizzards on record, and grew up in New York, New Jersey, and Michigan. She was named one of Granta’s New Voices and is the recipient of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.99
Audience: Adult
Language: English