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Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller

Comfort Woman

by Nora Okja Keller

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This is the poignant story of Akiko, one of tens of thousands of women pressed into sexual slavery by Japanese forces during WWII. The story is told from two points of view: Akiko's and her daughter, Beccah. The chapters about Akiko's experiences during the war are horrific,
and the chapters about Beccah show how the mother's experiences have multi-generational effects. Well written and very moving. ( )
  LynnB | Nov 29, 2018 |
A masterful story that explores a truly dark moment in Japanese/Korean history, mother-daughter relationships, cultural clashes, and generation gaps. Not for the faint of heart, Comfort Woman spares the reader nothing in the way of graphic, but important details as it relays the story of Akiko and Rebecca in their separate and intertwined journeys. ( )
  MPaddock | Sep 22, 2017 |
An often moving novel about Akiko, one of tens of thousands of women pressed into sexual slavery by Japanese imperial forces during WWII. The novel alternates chapters between Akiko's point of view and that of her daughter Beccah, whom she raises in Hawaii after marrying an American missionary. The chapters about Akiko's experiences during the war are horrific and effective. The chapters about Beccah are less interesting, though the conclusion of the novel gives the two protagonists a poignant reconciliation. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
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 occupation. A real window into an unfamiliar time, an unfamiliar place, an unfamiliar culture and way of relating to the world. Very good indeed. ( )
  AmberMcWilliams | Feb 24, 2015 |
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 child-wife, and her life in the U.S.. It switches POV between her and her daughter,Beccah, who has to deal with her mother's insanity and role as one who can speak to the dead. ( )
  bookfest | Jul 7, 2012 |
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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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A Korean woman's life as a sex slave for the Japanese during World War II. The novel is narrated in part by the mother, in part by her American daughter who is a newspaper reporter in Hawaii. Not until her mother's death did the daughter learn what terrible experiences lay behind the screams her mother uttered in her dreams. A first novel by a Korean-American.… (more)

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