When her sister Hannah cuts ties with the family, Janie is charged with bringing her
home. Her search for Hannah leads her to learn about their parents' past and a dark
secret in Hannah's childhood. The sisters' story is entwined with Korean folk tales,
history, and scenes from their childhood. I was really drawn into this novel about
familial duty, culture shock, and tradition.— Andrea
“On the day of her sister's birth, Janie is told by her Korean grandmother that one girl child in each generation dies. This statement sets the stage for Janie's 'disappearance' and 'reemergence.' Laced with Korean folklore and culture, the story moves seamlessly from Korea to Middle America and reflects the travails of an immigrant family both culturally and emotionally. The writing in this debut is poetic, spare, and exquisite. It would be a great pick for a book group.”
— Biddy Kehoe, Hockessin Book Shelf, Hockessin, DE
Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie embarks on a mission to find her sister and finally uncover the truth beneath her family's silence. To do so, she must confront their history, the reason for her parents' sudden move to America twenty years earlier, and ultimately her conflicted feelings toward her sister and her own role in the betrayal behind their estrangement.
Weaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, "Forgotten Country" is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one another.