1915. Japanese-occupied Korea. Najin Han, the privileged daughter of a calligrapher, longs to choose her own destiny. When her traditional father seeks to marry her into an aristocratic family, her mother defies generations of obedient wives and instead sends Najin to serve in the King's court as a companion to a young princess. But the King is assassinated, and the centuries-old dynastic culture comes to an end.
"A beautiful, deliberate and satisfying story spanning thirty years of Korean history . . . Elegant." (Publishers Weekly)
"Exquisite ... hauntingly beautiful ... from the first gripping sentence you'll fear coming to the final sentence of this fascinating debut." (The Examiner)
"Kim has excelled at portraying Najin as a spirited yet loyal daughter and wife while exposing a tragic time during Korea's sustained history as a nation." (Library Journal)
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