The Kinship of Secrets

The Kinship of Secrets Review

From the author of The Calligrapher’s Daughter comes the riveting story of two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea, and the family that bound them together even as the Korean War kept them apart.

In 1948 Najin and Calvin Cho, with their young daughter Miran, travel from South Korea to the United States in search of new opportunities. Wary of the challenges they know will face them, Najin and Calvin make the difficult decision to leave their other daughter, Inja, behind with their extended family; soon, they hope, they will return to her.

But then war breaks out in Korea, and there is no end in sight to the separation. Miran grows up in prosperous American suburbia, under the shadow of the daughter left behind, as Inja grapples in her war-torn land with ties to a family she doesn’t remember. Najin and Calvin desperately seek a reunion with Inja, but are the bonds of love strong enough to reconnect their family over distance, time, and war? And as deep family secrets are revealed, will everything they long for be upended?

Told through the alternating perspectives of the distanced sisters, and inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets? explores the cruelty of war, the power of hope, and what it means to be a sister.

Title:The Kinship of Secrets
Edition Language:English

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  • Angela M

    I was drawn to read Eugenia Kim’s new book because it is a continuation of Najin’s story from The Calligrapher's Daughter, which is a beautifully written story depicting the Japanese occupation of...

  • Elyse Walters

    Absorbing the reality affected from ‘one decision’ that changed the lives for each family member is ‘gut-felt’, ...vividly imagined. In time that ‘decision’ will become more clear for two ...

  • Linda

    The value of love comes to the surface on the waves of separation.Eugenia Kim presents her heartheld story which unfolds in a small village in South Korea in 1948. The country is teeming with unrest a...

  • Elizabeth

    Tl;dr: The Kinship of Secrets is a compelling, interesting book that really sheds light on an important period in Korean history.I wanted to read this after a great review for it popped up on my feed-...

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    Totally going out of my normal reads, when offered the opportunity to read this book, I just couldn't say no. I don't read historical fiction very often but this one that deals with my Korean culture ...

  • Tammy

    Even though my father in law was a Korean War veteran, I knew little about this era in time. I love historical fiction and couldn’t wait to read this one! The Kinship of Secrets is the story of a co...

  • Teresa

    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend. ...

  • Theresa Smith Writes

    ‘This novel is a fiction derived from the facts of my family’s life, and especially my sister’s life, during and after the Korean War, the fifth deadliest war in human history, also known as “...

  • Laura Hill

    The Kinship of SecretsThank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an early review copy of The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, which will publish November 6, 2018.  All thoughts are my...

  • Ellen

    This novel has everything I love about reading about other cultures and time periods, starting during the Korean War, and extending well into the '60's. Najin and Calvin emigrate to the U.S., but only...