The story begins with a mother's confession...sisters permanently separated by a border during the Korean War
Keum Suk Gendry-Kim was an adult when her mother revealed a family secret: She had been separated from her sister during the Korean War. It's not an uncommon story--the peninsula was split across the 38th parallel, dividing one country into two. As many fled violence in the north, not everyone was able to make it south. Her mother's story inspired Gendry-Kim to begin interviewing her and other Koreans separated by the war; that research fueled a deeply resonant graphic novel.
Author: Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Binding Type: Paperback
Size: 8.30h x 5.90w x 0.90d
Booklist 07/01/2021 pg. 52
Publishers Weekly 08/09/2021
Library Journal 10/01/2021 pg. 68
About the Author
Keum Suk Gendry-Kim was born in Goheung, Korea, a town famous for its beautiful mountains and sea. She is the author of numerous graphic novels, including 2019's Grass, winner of the Krause Essay Prize, Cartoonist Studio Prize, and the Harvey Award, and nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, YALSA's Alex Awards, and more. Gendry-Kim received the Best Creative Manhwa Award for her short manhwa "Sister Mija," about a comfort woman. She has had exhibitions of her work in Korea and Europe, and her graphic novels and manhwa deal mostly with people who are outcasts or marginalized.