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Forgotten Country

(2012)
A novel by

 
 
On the night Janie waits for her sister, Hannah, to be born, her grandmother tells her a story: Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, so Janie is charged with keeping Hannah safe. As time passes, Janie hears more stories, while facts remain unspoken. Her father tells tales about numbers, and in his stories everything works out. In her mother's stories, deer explode in fields, frogs bury their loved ones in the ocean, and girls jump from cliffs and fall like flowers into the sea. Within all these stories are warnings.

Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie embarks on a mission to find her sister and finally uncover the truth beneath her family's silence. To do so, she must confront their history, the reason for her parents' sudden move to America twenty years earlier, and ultimately her conflicted feelings toward her sister and her own role in the betrayal behind their estrangement.

Weaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one another.

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Hardback Editions

August 2012 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Forgotten Country (Platinum Readers Circle - Center Point Large Print)
Author(s): Catherine Chung
ISBN: 1-61173-477-0 / 978-1-61173-477-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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March 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Forgotten Country
Author(s): Catherine Chung
ISBN: 1-59448-808-8 / 978-1-59448-808-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Forgotten Country
Author(s): Catherine Chung
ISBN: 1-59448-652-2 / 978-1-59448-652-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Audio Editions

July 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Forgotten Country
Author(s): Catherine Chung
ISBN: 1-60998-817-5 / 978-1-60998-817-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: AudioGO
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March 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Forgotten Country
Author(s): Catherine Chung
ISBN: 0-7927-8590-8 / 978-0-7927-8590-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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March 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Forgotten Country
Author(s): Catherine Chung
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Forgotten Country
Author(s): Catherine Chung
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Forgotten Country
Author(s): Catherine Chung
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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