Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. God-fearing Nara Lee carries a painful secret and a corrosive guilt. Set against an historical backdrop when Korea was a colony and citizenry was rendered impotent, Nara's life is forged in the 1919 March First Movement. Her journey takes her from her ancestral home to an insidious orphanage to a forced-labour factory during the Japanese Occupation. When colonialism has outlived its usefulness, she is emancipated only to live through an era of high suspicion and treason. After surviving the grand tragedy of the Busan Fire that leaves 28,000 people homeless, Nara leaves the squalid tent city that had become her home and is thrown headlong into a new life in Vancouver, Canada, where she elucidates the poetry of home. Amidst violence and abject injustice, Nara finds a way to rise up from the ashes again and again to rejoice in small triumphs in the homes she has lived, in the homes she has lost.
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Christina Park has been around art and letters all her life. Her writing is informed by personal experiences as a second-generation Korean Canadian, as well as by living in Vancouver and Montreal. She was editor of the University of British Columbia's literary magazine and attended Oxford University. She comes from a family of academics and a notable Korean author. Outside of her writing pursuits, Christina has worked for both technology start-ups and large financial corporations, including as VP of Marketing for a prominent investment management company. The biggest influences in her life are her husband and daughter. An avid traveler and would-be runner, she is thankful to have run in interesting locales where she could see things up close.Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN