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Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung
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Mar 04, 2012

really liked it

I've had pretty good luck with books lately. This one is another example of that. The story is of a Korean American young woman whose family life is in flux as her sister drops contact with their family, her father becomes ill with cancer, and old family members come back into their lives. You get a lot of interweaving threads, and at the end, not all of the questions or issues are answered. I find that soothing, as life doesn't work that way either.

There were times when this book was difficult to read, simply because it's an unabashed portrayal of families, cancer, death, and life in general. There's a passage where the author writes about how death isn't the worst thing, how suffering can reach a point where you realize that life isn't life anymore, and how you can love someone enough to let go. For anyone who has watched a loved one struggle with cancer or a long-term illness, it doesn't get much more real than that.

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