One husband; two wives; and one daughter’s struggle to become ten times better than a boy:
In late 1940’s—the final years of Korea as one country—when most brides and grooms were married sight unseen, Gui-yong and Eum-chun strike gold by finding a love as sweet as sticky rice. But their love for each other and for their secretly adopted daughter is not enough as they must soon accept the unthinkable—a mistress moving in to bear Gui-yong the male child, a necessity in a society smoldering in Confucianism. Soon, torn apart by the Korean War, they endure years of separation and terrors as each side of their divided nation seeks total annihilation of the other. When the family is reunited, it falls on the shoulders of their daughter, Mi-na, to figure out how to keep their love burning through this life and into the next—and ultimately make sense of the past.
Maija Rhee Devine, a Korean-born writer whose fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Boulevard, North American Review, and The Kenyon Review, and in various anthologies, holds a B.A. in English from Sogang University in Seoul and an M.A. in English from St. Louis University. Writing honors include an NEA grant, finalist in William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition, James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and Emily Dickinson Poetry Award, and nominations for Pushcart Prizes and O. Henry Awards.
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