20 yr old Anna Carlson travels from America to a Korean orphanage to locate her birth mother. However she learns the woman is already dead. But just when it seems her search is over, a stranger hands her a parcel containing an antique comb and an address. This leads Anna to poor yet elegant Hong Jae-hee. Jae-hee recounts an epic tale that begins with the Japanese occupation of Korea and China during World War II, when more than two hundred thousand Korean women were forced to serve the soldiers as “comfort women.” Jae-hee knows the story well as she was one of them.
This book takes you on an amazing journey of tragedy and despair not forgetting hope and loyalty. It is well written. Also the way the author writes makes it feel like it’s an autobiographical translation from a native Korean.