Najin Han, the privileged daughter of a calligrapher, longs to choose her own destiny. Smart and headstrong, she is encouraged by her mother-but her stern father is determined to maintain tradition, especially as the Japanese steadily gain control of his beloved country. When he seeks to marry fourteen-year-old Najin into an aristocratic family, her mother defies generations of obedient wives and instead sends her daughter to serve in the king's court as a companion to a young princess. But the king is soon assassinated, and the centuries-old dynastic culture comes to its end. In the shadow of the dying monarchy, Najin begins a journey through increasing oppression that will change her world forever. As she desperately seeks to continue her education, will the unexpected love she finds along the way be enough to sustain her through the violence and subjugation her country continues to face? Spanning thirty years, The Calligapher's Daughter is an exquisite novel about a country torn between ancient customs and modern possibilities, a family ultimately united by love and a woman who never gives up her search for freedom.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Eugenia Kim is the daughter of Korean immigrant parents who went to America shortly after the Pacific War. An MFA graduate of Bennington College, she has published short stories and essays in journals and anthologies, including Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writings. THE CALLIGRAPHER'S DAUGHTER is her first novel, and she is working on her second.
Eugenia teaches creative writing at Fairfield University's low-residency MFA program, which meets twice a year on a stunning tiny monastic island off the coast of Mystic, Connecticut. She is The 2012 Eli Cantor Fellow at the Corporation of Yaddo, the 2011 Stanford Calderwood Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, and a fellow at Hedgebrook.
She lives in Washington, DC, meaning she is one of 500,000 U.S. citizens who have no vote in congress.