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The Kinship of Secrets

(2018)
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"A gorgeous achievement.”—Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko 

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


In 1948 Najin and Calvin Cho, with their young daughter Miran, travel from South Korea to the United States in search of new opportunities. Wary of the challenges they know will face them, Najin and Calvin make the difficult decision to leave their infant daughter, Inja, behind with their extended family; soon, they hope, they will return to her.
 
But then war breaks out in Korea, and there is no end in sight to the separation. Miran grows up in prosperous American suburbia, under the shadow of the daughter left behind, as Inja grapples in her war-torn land with ties to a family she doesn’t remember. Najin and Calvin desperately seek a reunion with Inja, but are the bonds of love strong enough to reconnect their family over distance, time, and war? And as deep family secrets are revealed, will everything they long for be upended?
 
Told through the alternating perspectives of the distanced sisters, and inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets explores the cruelty of war, the power of hope, and what it means to be a sister.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

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

"A graceful, poignant and moving portrayal of one family's struggle to remain a family through decades of war, migration and separation." - Viet Thanh Nguyen

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

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


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Hardback Editions

June 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Kinship of Secrets (Center Point Premier Fiction (Largeprint))
Author(s): Eugenia Kim
ISBN: 1-64358-229-1 / 978-1-64358-229-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point
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November 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Kinship of Secrets
Author(s): Eugenia Kim
ISBN: 1-5266-0282-2 / 978-1-5266-0282-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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November 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Kinship of Secrets
Author(s): Eugenia Kim
ISBN: 1-328-98782-5 / 978-1-328-98782-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Kinship of Secrets
Author(s): Eugenia Kim
ISBN: 1-5266-0285-7 / 978-1-5266-0285-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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November 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Kinship of Secrets
Author(s): Eugenia Kim
ISBN: 0-358-10851-9 / 978-0-358-10851-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Kinship of Secrets
Author(s): Eugenia Kim
ISBN: 1-5266-0284-9 / 978-1-5266-0284-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Audio Editions

November 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Kinship of Secrets
Author(s): Eugenia Kim
ISBN: 1-68441-454-7 / 978-1-68441-454-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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November 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Kinship of Secrets
Author(s): Eugenia Kim
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November 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Kinship of Secrets
Author(s): Eugenia Kim
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Kindle Editions

November 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Kinship of Secrets
Author(s): Eugenia Kim
Publisher: Mariner Books
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November 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Kinship of Secrets
Author(s): Eugenia Kim
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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