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The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
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it was amazing
bookshelves: memoirs, nonfiction, immigrant

Although I had read about the situation in North Korea, I never could have imagined how tragic it was until reading this fascinating and heartbreaking account of the author's life. Growing up in a North Korean town that borders China, Lee, like most of her fellow North Koreans, had an unquestioned loyalty to her country and leaders. It was not until she reaches her teenage years that she starts to question all she had been taught. When she makes the harrowing decision to walk across the river to China, she is propelled into years of living in fear, finding ways to support herself, and being separated from her family. Her unimaginable experiences and her continual quest to escape to South Korea and bring her family there is a shocking reminder of the freedom we enjoy in democratic countries.
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February 9, 2019 – Shelved
February 9, 2019 – Shelved as: memoirs
February 9, 2019 – Shelved as: nonfiction
February 9, 2019 – Shelved as: immigrant
February 9, 2019 – Finished Reading

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