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Possessing a wisdom and maturity rarely found in a first novelist, Korean-American writer Nora Okja Keller tells a heartwrenching and enthralling tale in this, her literary debut. Comfort Woman is the story of Akiko, a Korean refugee of World War II, and Beccah, her daughter by an American missionary. The two women are living on the edge of society—and sanity—in Honolulu, plagued by Akiko's periodic encounters with the spirits of the dead, and by Beccah's struggles to reclaim her mother from her past. Slowly and painfully Akiko reveals her tragic story and the horrifying years she was forced to serve as a "comfort woman" to Japanese soldiers. As Beccah uncovers these truths, she discovers her own strength and the secret of the powers she herself possessed—the precious gifts her mother has given her.

A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller

In 1995, Nora Okja Keller received the Pushcart Prize for "Mother Tongue", a piece that is part of Comfort Woman.

Synopsis:

Possessing a wisdom and maturity rarely found in a first novelist, Korean-American writer Nora Okja Keller tells the heart-wrenching and enthralling tale of Akiko, a Korean refugee of World War II, who was forced to serve as a "comfort woman" to Japanese soldiers. "A poignant and impressive debut".--"The Los Angeles Times".

About the Author

Nora Okja Keller was born in Seoul, Korea, and now lives in Hawaii with her husband and two daughters. She received the Pushcart Prize in 1995 for "Mother Tongue," a piece from her first novel, Comfort Woman, winner of a 1998 American Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140263350
Author:
Keller, Nora Okja
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Hawaii
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Korean Americans
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Hawaii Fiction.
Subject:
Korean Americans -- Hawaii -- Fiction.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
19980331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.76x5.10x.66 in. .43 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Possessing a wisdom and maturity rarely found in a first novelist, Korean-American writer Nora Okja Keller tells the heart-wrenching and enthralling tale of Akiko, a Korean refugee of World War II, who was forced to serve as a "comfort woman" to Japanese soldiers. "A poignant and impressive debut".--"The Los Angeles Times".

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