The Kinship of Secrets

The Kinship of Secrets

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 t From the author of The Calligrapher?s Daughter comes the riveting story of two sisters, one raised in the United ...

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Title:The Kinship of Secrets
Author:Eugenia Kim
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1328987825
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Kinship of Secrets Reviews

  • Elyse Walters
    Dec 01, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

  • Linda
    Aug 24, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel. As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two s...

    This was a great read about two sisters separated as babies until their teens. One is left behind during the Korean War with her mothers family while the other grows up in America with her parents. Great insights into the Korean War and culture, as well as love of family and family his...

    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Shortly before the Korean conflict turned into a fully militarized war, Calvin Cho took his wife, Najin, and one of his daughters, Miran to the USA to raise money for a church. They decided to leave their other daughter, Inja...

    I love historical fiction and have read many books but never one about Korea. This story based on the history of the authors own family is set between the Washington, DC and Seoul, Korea. A alternating story of two sisters - one taken for a new life in the US and one left with loving f...

    I had read recently about a Harry Potter-themed dinner that was very successful and sounded (surprisingly) high-brow. I found the concept interesting because even having read the books, I could only think of a few things mentioned that would be suitable for eating or drinking. Here in ...

    As tensions increase on the Korean peninsula, Miran and Inja?s parents decide to emigrate to the US. However, they leave Inja behind Korea with her grandparents. The parents tell their Korean family they will return the next year, but that year comes and goes and they are unable to r...

    The Kinship of Secrets is based on the author's family history. Two sisters are separated. One is taken to the US with her parents and the other is left with family in Korea. The narrative switches back and forth between the sisters and their different upbringing in different cultures....

    What a beautiful, sincere novel! One of the things I appreciate about The Kinship of Secrets is that it depicts a family that truly loves each other. There are points of tension, of course, but everyone fundamentally loves each other. There are no overly-harsh uncles or abusive grand...

  • Ruthie
    Oct 09, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

  • Tammy
    Nov 07, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

  • Laura Hill
    May 19, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

  • Pamela
    Nov 02, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel. As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two s...

    This was a great read about two sisters separated as babies until their teens. One is left behind during the Korean War with her mothers family while the other grows up in America with her parents. Great insights into the Korean War and culture, as well as love of family and family his...

    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Shortly before the Korean conflict turned into a fully militarized war, Calvin Cho took his wife, Najin, and one of his daughters, Miran to the USA to raise money for a church. They decided to leave their other daughter, Inja...

    I love historical fiction and have read many books but never one about Korea. This story based on the history of the authors own family is set between the Washington, DC and Seoul, Korea. A alternating story of two sisters - one taken for a new life in the US and one left with loving f...

    I had read recently about a Harry Potter-themed dinner that was very successful and sounded (surprisingly) high-brow. I found the concept interesting because even having read the books, I could only think of a few things mentioned that would be suitable for eating or drinking. Here in ...

    As tensions increase on the Korean peninsula, Miran and Inja?s parents decide to emigrate to the US. However, they leave Inja behind Korea with her grandparents. The parents tell their Korean family they will return the next year, but that year comes and goes and they are unable to r...

  • Cat
    Oct 24, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel. As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two s...

    This was a great read about two sisters separated as babies until their teens. One is left behind during the Korean War with her mothers family while the other grows up in America with her parents. Great insights into the Korean War and culture, as well as love of family and family his...

    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Shortly before the Korean conflict turned into a fully militarized war, Calvin Cho took his wife, Najin, and one of his daughters, Miran to the USA to raise money for a church. They decided to leave their other daughter, Inja...

    I love historical fiction and have read many books but never one about Korea. This story based on the history of the authors own family is set between the Washington, DC and Seoul, Korea. A alternating story of two sisters - one taken for a new life in the US and one left with loving f...

    I had read recently about a Harry Potter-themed dinner that was very successful and sounded (surprisingly) high-brow. I found the concept interesting because even having read the books, I could only think of a few things mentioned that would be suitable for eating or drinking. Here in ...

    As tensions increase on the Korean peninsula, Miran and Inja?s parents decide to emigrate to the US. However, they leave Inja behind Korea with her grandparents. The parents tell their Korean family they will return the next year, but that year comes and goes and they are unable to r...

    The Kinship of Secrets is based on the author's family history. Two sisters are separated. One is taken to the US with her parents and the other is left with family in Korea. The narrative switches back and forth between the sisters and their different upbringing in different cultures....

    What a beautiful, sincere novel! One of the things I appreciate about The Kinship of Secrets is that it depicts a family that truly loves each other. There are points of tension, of course, but everyone fundamentally loves each other. There are no overly-harsh uncles or abusive grand...

    I truly enjoyed reading this beautiful book! The writing was lovely, the characters were endearing and complex, and the details about life in Korea were fascinating. I can't wait to read more from Mrs. Kim. Thank you, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an advance readers c...

    A sweeping, historical, family saga in which two sisters are separated during the Korean War. One is raised in the United States and the other in South Korea. For fans of Pachinko. #netgalley #ARC #libraryreads #houghtonmifflerharcourt ...

  • Betty
    Nov 06, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

  • Angela M
    Aug 22, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

  • Teresa
    Oct 27, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

  • Ellen
    Oct 10, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

  • Anita Eti
    Sep 23, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

  • Linda
    Nov 26, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Nov 28, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

  • Janilyn Kocher
    Oct 31, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel. As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two s...

    This was a great read about two sisters separated as babies until their teens. One is left behind during the Korean War with her mothers family while the other grows up in America with her parents. Great insights into the Korean War and culture, as well as love of family and family his...

    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Shortly before the Korean conflict turned into a fully militarized war, Calvin Cho took his wife, Najin, and one of his daughters, Miran to the USA to raise money for a church. They decided to leave their other daughter, Inja...

    I love historical fiction and have read many books but never one about Korea. This story based on the history of the authors own family is set between the Washington, DC and Seoul, Korea. A alternating story of two sisters - one taken for a new life in the US and one left with loving f...

    I had read recently about a Harry Potter-themed dinner that was very successful and sounded (surprisingly) high-brow. I found the concept interesting because even having read the books, I could only think of a few things mentioned that would be suitable for eating or drinking. Here in ...

    As tensions increase on the Korean peninsula, Miran and Inja?s parents decide to emigrate to the US. However, they leave Inja behind Korea with her grandparents. The parents tell their Korean family they will return the next year, but that year comes and goes and they are unable to r...

    The Kinship of Secrets is based on the author's family history. Two sisters are separated. One is taken to the US with her parents and the other is left with family in Korea. The narrative switches back and forth between the sisters and their different upbringing in different cultures....

  • Pam
    Dec 11, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel. As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two s...

    This was a great read about two sisters separated as babies until their teens. One is left behind during the Korean War with her mothers family while the other grows up in America with her parents. Great insights into the Korean War and culture, as well as love of family and family his...

  • Kati Berman
    Oct 02, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel. As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two s...

    This was a great read about two sisters separated as babies until their teens. One is left behind during the Korean War with her mothers family while the other grows up in America with her parents. Great insights into the Korean War and culture, as well as love of family and family his...

    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Shortly before the Korean conflict turned into a fully militarized war, Calvin Cho took his wife, Najin, and one of his daughters, Miran to the USA to raise money for a church. They decided to leave their other daughter, Inja...

    I love historical fiction and have read many books but never one about Korea. This story based on the history of the authors own family is set between the Washington, DC and Seoul, Korea. A alternating story of two sisters - one taken for a new life in the US and one left with loving f...

    I had read recently about a Harry Potter-themed dinner that was very successful and sounded (surprisingly) high-brow. I found the concept interesting because even having read the books, I could only think of a few things mentioned that would be suitable for eating or drinking. Here in ...

    As tensions increase on the Korean peninsula, Miran and Inja?s parents decide to emigrate to the US. However, they leave Inja behind Korea with her grandparents. The parents tell their Korean family they will return the next year, but that year comes and goes and they are unable to r...

    The Kinship of Secrets is based on the author's family history. Two sisters are separated. One is taken to the US with her parents and the other is left with family in Korea. The narrative switches back and forth between the sisters and their different upbringing in different cultures....

    What a beautiful, sincere novel! One of the things I appreciate about The Kinship of Secrets is that it depicts a family that truly loves each other. There are points of tension, of course, but everyone fundamentally loves each other. There are no overly-harsh uncles or abusive grand...

    I truly enjoyed reading this beautiful book! The writing was lovely, the characters were endearing and complex, and the details about life in Korea were fascinating. I can't wait to read more from Mrs. Kim. Thank you, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an advance readers c...

    A sweeping, historical, family saga in which two sisters are separated during the Korean War. One is raised in the United States and the other in South Korea. For fans of Pachinko. #netgalley #ARC #libraryreads #houghtonmifflerharcourt ...

    I was tasked with reading the uncorrected proof of this book, and I gladly took on the responsibility, also seeing as it was a big opportunity to learn more about Korean people and a bit of Korean history. I LOVED it!! The book was so educational and enlightening from the small pers...

    The Kinship of Secrets I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This story is loosely based on the experiences of the author?s family and based on the very helpful author?s note at the end, it accurately represents the story of Korea from the end of ...

  • Jenifer Greenwell
    Nov 07, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

  • Theresa Smith Writes
    Sep 10, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Dec 29, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

  • Liz
    Nov 02, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel. As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two s...

    This was a great read about two sisters separated as babies until their teens. One is left behind during the Korean War with her mothers family while the other grows up in America with her parents. Great insights into the Korean War and culture, as well as love of family and family his...

    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Shortly before the Korean conflict turned into a fully militarized war, Calvin Cho took his wife, Najin, and one of his daughters, Miran to the USA to raise money for a church. They decided to leave their other daughter, Inja...

  • Jessie
    Dec 27, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

  • Sarah MacIntyre
    Nov 09, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel. As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two s...

    This was a great read about two sisters separated as babies until their teens. One is left behind during the Korean War with her mothers family while the other grows up in America with her parents. Great insights into the Korean War and culture, as well as love of family and family his...

    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Shortly before the Korean conflict turned into a fully militarized war, Calvin Cho took his wife, Najin, and one of his daughters, Miran to the USA to raise money for a church. They decided to leave their other daughter, Inja...

    I love historical fiction and have read many books but never one about Korea. This story based on the history of the authors own family is set between the Washington, DC and Seoul, Korea. A alternating story of two sisters - one taken for a new life in the US and one left with loving f...

  • Glenda Nelms
    Oct 13, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

  • Karen
    Jan 03, 2019

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel. As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two s...

  • MRIDULA
    Dec 26, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

  • Ness
    Nov 03, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel. As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two s...

    This was a great read about two sisters separated as babies until their teens. One is left behind during the Korean War with her mothers family while the other grows up in America with her parents. Great insights into the Korean War and culture, as well as love of family and family his...

    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Shortly before the Korean conflict turned into a fully militarized war, Calvin Cho took his wife, Najin, and one of his daughters, Miran to the USA to raise money for a church. They decided to leave their other daughter, Inja...

    I love historical fiction and have read many books but never one about Korea. This story based on the history of the authors own family is set between the Washington, DC and Seoul, Korea. A alternating story of two sisters - one taken for a new life in the US and one left with loving f...

    I had read recently about a Harry Potter-themed dinner that was very successful and sounded (surprisingly) high-brow. I found the concept interesting because even having read the books, I could only think of a few things mentioned that would be suitable for eating or drinking. Here in ...

  • Elizabeth
    Dec 03, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

  • Joanna
    Oct 25, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel. As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two s...

    This was a great read about two sisters separated as babies until their teens. One is left behind during the Korean War with her mothers family while the other grows up in America with her parents. Great insights into the Korean War and culture, as well as love of family and family his...

    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Shortly before the Korean conflict turned into a fully militarized war, Calvin Cho took his wife, Najin, and one of his daughters, Miran to the USA to raise money for a church. They decided to leave their other daughter, Inja...

    I love historical fiction and have read many books but never one about Korea. This story based on the history of the authors own family is set between the Washington, DC and Seoul, Korea. A alternating story of two sisters - one taken for a new life in the US and one left with loving f...

    I had read recently about a Harry Potter-themed dinner that was very successful and sounded (surprisingly) high-brow. I found the concept interesting because even having read the books, I could only think of a few things mentioned that would be suitable for eating or drinking. Here in ...

    As tensions increase on the Korean peninsula, Miran and Inja?s parents decide to emigrate to the US. However, they leave Inja behind Korea with her grandparents. The parents tell their Korean family they will return the next year, but that year comes and goes and they are unable to r...

    The Kinship of Secrets is based on the author's family history. Two sisters are separated. One is taken to the US with her parents and the other is left with family in Korea. The narrative switches back and forth between the sisters and their different upbringing in different cultures....

    What a beautiful, sincere novel! One of the things I appreciate about The Kinship of Secrets is that it depicts a family that truly loves each other. There are points of tension, of course, but everyone fundamentally loves each other. There are no overly-harsh uncles or abusive grand...

    I truly enjoyed reading this beautiful book! The writing was lovely, the characters were endearing and complex, and the details about life in Korea were fascinating. I can't wait to read more from Mrs. Kim. Thank you, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an advance readers c...

  • Dianad0018^Reads
    Aug 06, 2018

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim?s new book because it is a continuation of Najin?s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of Korea. It?s a story based on the author?s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. ...

    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets! It?s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins ...

    Absorbing the reality affected from ?one decision? that changed the lives for each family member is ?gut-felt?, ...vividly imagined. In time that ?decision? will become more clear for two separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some...

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation. Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned no...

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history. I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed--and I'm glad I did! The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotion...

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up. I'll say again how important it is...

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn?t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazi...

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

    The Kinship of Secrets Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 An utterly engaging story that follow...

    ?This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family?s life, and especially my sister?s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as ?the forgotten war?.? ? Author notes. This novel has impressed me so much more...

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's fami...

    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants). Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her ...

    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United ...

    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more o...

    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to t...

    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality p...

    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family...

    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the...

    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel. As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two s...

    This was a great read about two sisters separated as babies until their teens. One is left behind during the Korean War with her mothers family while the other grows up in America with her parents. Great insights into the Korean War and culture, as well as love of family and family his...

    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Shortly before the Korean conflict turned into a fully militarized war, Calvin Cho took his wife, Najin, and one of his daughters, Miran to the USA to raise money for a church. They decided to leave their other daughter, Inja...

    I love historical fiction and have read many books but never one about Korea. This story based on the history of the authors own family is set between the Washington, DC and Seoul, Korea. A alternating story of two sisters - one taken for a new life in the US and one left with loving f...

    I had read recently about a Harry Potter-themed dinner that was very successful and sounded (surprisingly) high-brow. I found the concept interesting because even having read the books, I could only think of a few things mentioned that would be suitable for eating or drinking. Here in ...

    As tensions increase on the Korean peninsula, Miran and Inja?s parents decide to emigrate to the US. However, they leave Inja behind Korea with her grandparents. The parents tell their Korean family they will return the next year, but that year comes and goes and they are unable to r...

    The Kinship of Secrets is based on the author's family history. Two sisters are separated. One is taken to the US with her parents and the other is left with family in Korea. The narrative switches back and forth between the sisters and their different upbringing in different cultures....

    What a beautiful, sincere novel! One of the things I appreciate about The Kinship of Secrets is that it depicts a family that truly loves each other. There are points of tension, of course, but everyone fundamentally loves each other. There are no overly-harsh uncles or abusive grand...

    I truly enjoyed reading this beautiful book! The writing was lovely, the characters were endearing and complex, and the details about life in Korea were fascinating. I can't wait to read more from Mrs. Kim. Thank you, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an advance readers c...

    A sweeping, historical, family saga in which two sisters are separated during the Korean War. One is raised in the United States and the other in South Korea. For fans of Pachinko. #netgalley #ARC #libraryreads #houghtonmifflerharcourt ...

    I was tasked with reading the uncorrected proof of this book, and I gladly took on the responsibility, also seeing as it was a big opportunity to learn more about Korean people and a bit of Korean history. I LOVED it!! The book was so educational and enlightening from the small pers...