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Eugenia Kim The Kinship of Secrets

The Kinship of Secrets

” . . . a gorgeous achievement.”
—Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko

Inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets is a riveting novel of two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea, and the family that bound them together even as the Korean War kept them apart. Are the bonds of love strong enough to reconnect their family over distance, time, and war?

Eugenia Kim Q&A
The Kinship of Secrets

” . . . a gorgeous achievement.”
—Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko

Inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets is a riveting novel about two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea, and the family that bound them together even as the Korean War kept them apart. Are the bonds of love strong enough to reconnect their family over distance, time, and war?

Eugenia Kim Q&A

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"My family's stories seemed to carry an urgency meant to instill a Korean identity that was seeping from us with each new American word learned, each Korean word lost."

—Eugenia Kim

"My parents' stories seemed to carry an urgency meant to instill a Korean identity that was seeping from us with each new American word learned, each Korean word lost.”

– Eugenia Kim

Inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets explores the cruelty of war, the power of hope, and what it means to be a sister ...

From the author of The Calligrapher’s Daughter comes the riveting story of two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea, and the family that bound them together even as the Korean War kept them apart.

In 1948 Najin and Calvin Cho, with their young daughter Miran, travel from South Korea to the United States in search of new opportunities. Wary of the challenges they know will face them, Najin and Calvin make the difficult decision to leave their other daughter, Inja, behind with their extended family; soon, they hope, they will return to her.

But then war breaks out in Korea, and there is no end in sight to the separation. Miran grows up in prosperous American suburbia, under the shadow of the daughter left behind, as Inja grapples in her war-torn land with ties to a family she doesn’t remember. Najin and Calvin desperately seek a reunion with Inja, but are the bonds of love strong enough to reconnect their family over distance, time, and war? And as deep family secrets are revealed, will everything they long for be upended?

Told through the alternating perspectives of the distanced sisters, and inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets explores the cruelty of war, the power of hope, and what it means to be a sister.

Praise for The Kinship of Secrets

The Kinship of Secrets will be published on November 6, 2018. Here are some pre-publication reviews …

Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko and Free Food for Millionaires

Eugenia Kim’s The Kinship of Secrets is a beautiful allegory of loss and recovery. Through the parallel growth of two separated sisters, Kim bears witness to the fall and rise of nation and its resilient and generous people. The Kinship of Secrets is a gorgeous achievement.

Yoojin Grace Wurtz, author of Everything Belongs to Us

The Korean War has been called “the forgotten war” in the West, but Kim’s second novel, a powerful narrative about the ways families relentlessly love and protect each other despite immense challenges, is a story that demands to be remembered, along with its history. TheKinship of Secrets is both a meditation on homesickness and celebration of homecoming that made me appreciate the complicated bonds between sisters, between mothers and daughters, and love for relatives that become surrogate parents. A beautiful novel, and a necessary, important story for our times.

Marie Myung-ok Lee, author of Somebody's Daughter

A gripping story of war and immigration, as well as a tender meditation on what it means to be of a family and of a country.

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Jung Yun, author of Shelter

What an extraordinary time to read this heartfelt novel about the bonds of family, set against the backdrop of the Korean War. Eugenia Kim is a masterful storyteller who makes her characters come to life as she spans decades, continents, and cultures.