Year of Impossible Goodbyes

Year of Impossible Goodbyes

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It is 1945, and courageous ten-year-old Sookan and her family must endure the cruelties of the Japanese military occupying Korea.  Police captain Narita does his best to destroy everything of value to the family, but he cannot break their spirit.  Sookan's father is with the resistance movement in Manchuria and her older brothers have been sent away to labor camps.  Her mother is forced to supervise a sock factory and Sookan herself must wear a uniform and attend a Japanese school.

Then the war ends.  Out come the colorful Korean silks and bags of white rice.  But Communist Russian troops have taken control of North Korea and once again the family is suppressed.  Sookan and her family know their only hope for freedom lies in a dangerous escape to Americancontrolled South Korea.

Here is the incredible story of one family's love for each other and their determination to risk everything to find freedom.

Baker & Taylor
A young Korean girl survives the oppressive Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea during the 1940s, to later escape to freedom in South Korea.

& Taylor

After enduring the cruelties of the Japanese military, occupying Korea in 1945, ten-year-old Sookan and her family must face a life under the rule of communism, and decide, instead, to flee to America. Reprint.
Following the end of World War II, Sookan and her young brother risk hardship, hunger, separation from their mother, and danger to escape from the oppression of Soviet-occupied North Korea to the other side of the thirty-eighth parallel

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1991
New York : Yearling, 1993
ISBN: 9780440407591
Branch Call Number: J FICTION CHOI
Characteristics: 171 pages : map ; 22 cm


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brown_hamster_157 Jul 08, 2017

Pretty good

Dec 20, 2015

This book is so good it will take your breath away. Whether you already are familiar with the immediate aftermath of the Korean War as experienced by the women and children living Korea at the time, or whether this is an entirely new story for you, you will be forever touched by this book. I read it about 20 years ago, and it still comes back to me; every time North Korea is in the news I am reminded of the courage and strength of the grandmother, mother, and daughter. If you don't understand what the Japanese and then the Russians did to the people of Korea, you can't possibly comprehend their circumstances now.


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May 05, 2017

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