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Language of Blood by Jane Jeong Trenka
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Aug 15, 11

Read from August 04 to 14, 2011 — I own a copy

A lyrical and lovely memoir. The author's attempt to weave together all parts of her family history and herself are moving and powerful. At first I was afraid that the mixture of storytelling elements would feel like a grad school exercise, but this felt very appropriate and beautifully executed. I truly enjoyed getting a look into her confusing and multifaceted life, both as an American and as a Korean, as she tries to figure out and articulate her identity. Even her parents are three-dimensional, sympathetic characters, when she could have painted them simply as closed-minded people. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys artful storytelling.

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