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The Kinship of Secrets

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   10.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/06/2018

The Kinship of Secrets

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684414543
Digital Download ISBN:9781684414550


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.

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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 other 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.


“Song speaks precisely and gracefully in her narration, mirroring the carefully shaped culture depicted in the novel. She gives the aged grandparents older, patient tones that contrast with the harried aunt’s speech.” —Booklist Starred Review Audio

“Narrator Janet Song brings listeners this moving novel, based on a true story, telling it in a tender voice at a quick pace.” —AudioFile

“Beautifully illuminate[s] Korea’s past in ways that inform our present....Kim infuses a coming-of-age story about being an outsider with the realities of the war, which forced many family separations, some of which still persist today.” —Washington Post

"Heartfelt...will greatly appeal to readers who enjoy the multicultural novels of Lisa See and Amy Tan, stories that enlighten as well as entertain." —Booklist Starred Review

“Finely wrought…A stirring novel about family and the sacrifices made to keep it whole.” —Publishers Weekly

“Elegant…a valuable window into Korean history as well as to issues like immigration and assimilation that couldn’t be more relevant today.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

Eugenia Kim's debut novel, The Calligrapher's Daughter, won the 2009 Borders Original Voices Award, was shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was Best Historical Novel and Critic's Pick by The Washington Post. Her stories have appeared in Asia Literary Review, Washington City Paper, and elsewhere.