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The Long Season of Rain

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When the grey Korean Changma--the rainy season--arrives, eleven-year-old Junehee resigns herself to long months cooped up with her sisters, her mother, and her grandmother. But this year, the Changma brings more than water. Orphaned by a mudslide, a young boy comes to live in Junehee's house--and stirs up long-hidden secrets in her family.

For as the rain drums out its stor
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 15th 1996 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Patrice Sartor
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 29, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This story takes place in Korea and centers on Junghee, an 11-year-old girl and her family, which includes three sisters, her mother, her father, a grandmother and, eventually, a boy who has become an orphan.

Pyungsoo, the orphan, loses his family in a weather-related catastrophe and moves in with Junghee and her family. There's a lot of interesting snippets of Korean culture in the novel, but mostly it's the story of a family that's sort of dysfunctional and how it tries to deal with everyday th
Junehee Lee is the second of four daughters in a conservative Korean family. Her father is a military leader who frequently travels and even when home, is distant and critical. The story opens as the rainy season begins during the summer break from school. A village is swept away by the rain and a young boy, Pyungsoo, is orphaned. Pyungsoo comes to live with Junehee and her family. His presence initiates a series of conflicts, which nearly destroys the family. Many family secrets are exposed inc ...more
Qi Yin
Dec 08, 2008 Qi Yin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a traditional Korean family. The main character, Junhee, is the second daughter of the family .there are four daughters in the family. Every relatives were saying that the next will be a son. However, the father often comes come late and only the mother is taking care of the whole household. The mother has to do all the chores and listen to what the father and grandmother says. She is not allowed to talk back to them. In addition to that, her voice is not being heard in the fa ...more
Patrice Sartor
Jul 19, 2010 Patrice Sartor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Junehee matures and advances towards womanhood over the course of the summer the book chronicles. Seeing how she deals with the problems she encounters and attempts to help mend her mother’s pain is inspiring. Kim provides her readers with an insight into a culture and way of life that feels like it could be a real account instead of a novel. Teens with siblings will especially grasp the difficulties often inherent in those relationships, even if the characters are in Seoul instead of America. T ...more
Mar 23, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle school to adult readers
This was an excellent read. I've been collecting books for when my daughter is older and from a variety of cultural perspectives. This book is set in Korea in the 1960's. The author addresses gender roles and cultural traditions regarding marriage, as well as giving the reader a picture of the home architecture, food, climate, and clothing of Korea. This would make a great middle school read but is also easily enjoyed by adults. It's a sad story in many ways, but it doesn't leave the reader with ...more
Tavallaan pidin kirjasta, tarina soljui eteenpäin lukiessa, mutta tarinasta ei ollut sellaista pontta, tai pitäisikö sanoa särmää, mitä ehkä olisin kaivannut. surullisesta tarinasta huolimatta kaikki oli jotenkin hireän pehmeää kaiken aikaa.

Toisaalta oli mielenkiintoista, miten perheen kriisi voi olla lapsen silmin katsottuna noinkin samankaltainen kuin Suomessa, vaikka kulttuuri ympäristö on totaalisen erilainen. (December 14, 2006)
Mar 21, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book very much. Enjoyed reading about the struggles other women face. Although the book is told from a girl's point of view, the book is really more the mother's story. Made me feel grateful for my own situation. The book does have some fairly adult situations that move the story along- Dad has "other women," drinks, some abusive discipline, plus cultural issues- so I would recommend for over age 12.
Apr 06, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
I randomly pulled this from the shelf and am so glad I did! The story gives a glimpse to everyday life if South Korea during the mid 1960's. The family drama is enough to carry the story and though earlier conflicts are mentioned, it was refreshing to read a YA book about Korea without the focus on them.
Jul 07, 2009 Shamus rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was on the reccomended Summer reading books so i just read it. It turned out that the book was great.I would definatley recomend this book to middle schoolers
Faith Bradham
Feb 12, 2008 Faith Bradham rated it really liked it
A lovely book that I read while pretending to organize books @ work. ;)
Sara Weather
May 03, 2011 Sara Weather rated it liked it
Good book. what i liked about it was that it was not trying to be a deep but it was. It is rare to find books about korea so this was a good find.Totally would recommend it.
Nov 30, 2011 Allison rated it really liked it
This book gives a unique look into the lives of a Korean family, especially the relationships between adults and children in a patriarchal society.
Oct 02, 2013 Eli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked reading this book which is from the point of view of a young Korean girl. Trigger Warning for abuse.
Interesting glimpse into middle class familyvlife in 1969 Korea. And, the emergence of women thinking they might not have to be subservient - to their husbands or mothers in law.
Katie Sluiter
Jun 20, 2016 Katie Sluiter rated it liked it
Not too bad. Of the 5 National Book Award novels from 1996, this is one that is still a good read 20 years later.
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