Synopses & Reviews
When an American mother's three adopted children reach their teens, they grow curious about their Korean heritage. A much-anticipated letter from Korea fails to satisfy them but sparks memories in the eldest. So begins the heartbreaking and inspiring tale of their birth mother's life as their adoptive mother imagines it.
Abandoned as a baby and then again and again, Mi Sook is raised in a Korean coffee shop by its string of owner-mothers. She grows to adulthood fiercely independent and eventually comes to manage the shop. But her marriage to Kun Soo, with whom she has three children, begins a series of events that ultimately wrench her babies from her arms. Deceived by Kun Soo and his well-intentioned mother, and unsupported by a rigidly Confucian culture, Mi Sook emerges as a tragic and heroic figure who embodies the rich complexities of a nation -- and of the heart.
The New York Times Book Review A smart, sensitive book about independence, identity, and survival.
The Christian Science Monitor Exquisitely written...A brutal tale becomes beautiful and moving through Scott's poetic language and eye for detail...spare, elegant.
San Francisco Chronicle Beautiful...Scott writes simply and lyrically and creates a convincing world in which poverty tries hard to kill love and often but not always succeeds.
Joanna Scott's "smart, sensitive book about independence, identity and survival"--"The New York Times Book Review, " tells the haunting tale of three fatherless Korean children--and the mother who gave them away.
About the Author
Born in London and raised in Australia, Joanna Catherine Scott moved to the United States in 1976. She is a novelist, poet, and author of a work of oral history, Indochina's Refugees. Her novel The Lucky Gourd Shop was a BookSense 76 Selection, and was nominated for BookSense's Best Book of the Year Award. While living in the Philippines, Scott and her husband adopted three Korean orphans. She lives in North Carolina and is currently at work on a new novel.