Princess June: a novel
Born in 1946 into a Confucian patriarchy dominated by the American military and shattered by war, Junee "Princess June" was abandoned by her mother, abused by her gangster father and bullied by her hoodlum older brother. She struggles for self-respect in the shady nightclub world of the American subculture in Seoul. She is 13 when she first rejects her family's legacy and must then learn to survive on her own, becoming charming and tough. At 22, rejected by her American lover, she suffers a mental breakdown after giving up her Amerasian baby for adoption. Reeling, she faces down the ghosts from her past in an effort to heal herself. This is an introspective, compassionate, unflinching portrait of a resilient soul in the making, and of two races trying to understand each other as human beings.
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