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This is a spectacular book however to say I enjoyed it would be wrong. It was depressing until the end. there were no reprieves no happy accidents that blur the line of plausibility, no feel good warmth at the end. Everything about it was real, raw and struck a deep painful cord that stayed with me for weeks after. It was like nothing I have ever read. The author's talents lie way beyond the spectrum of her peers in that she is able to weave a beautiful gripping tale without giving in to cliches, predictability, or straying from reality no matter how distasteful and unpalatable . Initially the protagonist was so cloyingly depressed and irritating I almost stopped : thinking " You want me to feel sorry for this guy?" However by the end I was identifying with him so closely his pain was mine. If you are looking for a book that renews your faith in humanity or makes the world seem alright this isn't it but in my opinion it offers something better.
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What begins as a crime scene develops into a story about the ripple effect that physical and emotional abuse has on the next generation. In this case the family are well off and highly educated Korean immigrants. The point of view is from the only son whose parents settled in a university town in the seventies, where the population was mainly white American. The story begins in the present day when they experience a home invasion and it deals with how this event affects the married son's already rocky relationship with his wife and son. The main character was believable and his inner dialogue plays a strong part in holding the reader's interest. I thought the pace was good, interesting characters and the ending was believable, without resolving things it presented a realistic scenario.
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