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When twenty-year-old Anna Carlson travels from America to a Korean orphanage to locate her birth mother, she’s devastated to learn 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.
That scrap of paper leads Anna to the Seoul apartment of the 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—she was one of them.
As Jae-hee’s narrative unfolds, Anna discovers that the precious tortoiseshell comb, with its two-headed ivory dragon, has survived against all odds through generations of her family’s women. And as its origins become clearer, Anna realizes that along with the comb, she inherits a legacy—of resilience and courage, love and redemption—beyond her wildest imagination.
Revised edition: This edition of Daughters of the Dragon includes editorial revisions.
From the bestselling author of Daughters of the Dragon comes the story of one of the most extraordinary queens in history.
As tensions rise on the Korean peninsula, US diplomat Nate Simon is sent to Seoul to gauge the political situation and advise the president. He also needs to find out why someone sent the president an ancient, intricately carved comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon. Though familiar with Korea’s language and culture, Nate knows little of its troubled history. Beautiful and mysterious embassy aide Anna Carlson believes it’s time he learns, starting with the extraordinary story of Korea’s last queen.
Seoul, 1866. The beautiful orphan Ja-young is chosen to be the child bride of Gojong, Korea’s boy king. Highly intelligent but shy, Ja-young faces a choice: she can be a stone queen—silent and submissive—or she can be a dragon queen and oppose enemies and empires that try to rule Korea during the age of imperialism. Her choice leads her to forge a legend that will endure far beyond her lifetime.
The more Nate discovers, the more he comes to realize that Queen Min’s story is still relevant today. Now the choice is up to him: be submissive and accepting…or change the world.
From the bestselling author of Daughters of the Dragon comes an epic novel of a star-crossed couple who must defy tradition, war, and prejudice to keep their love alive.
At the urging of a Los Angeles detective, international rights lawyer Anna Carlson assists in a murder investigation. It’s a personal request from Suk-bo Yi, a ninety-nine-year-old woman questioned in a mysterious death at a Koreatown nursing home. A stranger to Anna, Suk-bo has a tale to tell. For reasons of her own, she’s chosen Anna—only Anna—to hear it…
Suk-bo’s story begins in 1937, when the Japanese occupying Korea force her to marry one of their own, named Hisashi. In spite of their differences, they fall madly in love, pitting them against two violently opposing cultures. When Hisashi joins the Japanese Imperial Army and disappears, Suk-bo embarks on a quest through years of war, bigotry, and poverty to find him.
But Suk-bo’s unfolding history reveals more than Anna can imagine: an heirloom comb bearing an intricately carved two-headed dragon binding her to Suk-bo’s past. Soon Anna will discover her own legacy at the heart of Suk-bo’s epic love story.
THE ESSENTIAL TRUTH is full of suspense, mystery, action and plot twists. And it reveals the quirky personalities and workings of an advertising agency.
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The Dirty Truth is about bravery, commitment and one woman’s resolve to do what’s right for her country and family.
Die dramatische Geschichte einer starken Frau, ihren Mut und die Macht der Vergebung.
Die junge Anna Carlson macht sich in Korea auf die Suche nach ihrer leiblichen Mutter. Doch sie kommt zu spät, denn die Mutter lebt nicht mehr, und Annas Suche nach ihren Wurzeln scheint zu Ende, bevor sie richtig begonnen hat.
Ein Hinweis führt Anna zu der eleganten Hong Jae-hee. Eine Begegnung, die ihr Leben für immer verändert, denn die Erzählungen der faszinierenden alten Dame führen tief hinein in die Zeit des Zweiten Weltkriegs und die Besatzung Koreas durch die Japaner. Über zweihunderttausend Koreanerinnen wurden damals gezwungen, den Soldaten als »Trostfrauen« zu dienen – ein schreckliches Stück koreanischer Geschichte, das mehr mit Annas Familie zu tun hat, als sie zunächst ahnt …