Comfort Woman

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Penguin, Mar 1, 1998 - Fiction - 240 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - AmberMcWilliams - LibraryThing

So compelling that I finished it in just a day and a half. An evocative look at the difficult relationship between a mother and daughter, and the terrible experiences of Korean women under Japanese ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookfest - LibraryThing

This is an extremely disturbing story of Korean women enslaved and routinely raped by Japanese soldiers. It focuses on one woman, Akiko/ Soon Hyo, who survived, only to be used by a missionary as his ... Read full review

Contents

BECCAH
AKIKO
BECCAH
AKIKO
BECCAH
AKIKO
AKIKO
BECCAH
BECCAH
AKIKO
AKIKO
BECCAH
SOON HYO
BECCAH
BECCAH
INTRODUCTION

AKIKO
AKIKO
AKIKO
A Bite of Kimchee
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About the author (1998)

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.

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