A few weeks ago, I found myself in Capitola between my son's soccer tournament matches. We wandered into the Capitola Book Cafe to wait out the break. While the boys manhandled the "Where's Waldo" books in the children's section, I stole a few minutes to explore the grown-up fiction aisles. I was looking for the sequel to my book club assignment, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". (A longtime Sci-Fi fan, I'll read pretty much anything with "Dragon" in the title). Even though this was not sci-fi, I still enjoyed it.
I spied a book I had not heard of before--by a Korean! The Calligrapher's Daughter features a picture of a young woman in hanbok on the cover, and is written by Eugenia Kim. Having read and enjoyed Joy Luck Club, and Memoirs of a Geisha, I hoped this Korean story would be at least as enjoyable. Besides, even if I couldn't get the online store discount, I would be supporting an independent bookstore, and also a Korean "sistah".
I found the sequel I was looking for, and added The Calligrapher's Daughter to the pile. The boys also found some books they could not be parted from, and we checked out.
I have not finished the book yet, but I already want to tell you how much I am enjoying it! The writing is descriptive and evokes life during the Japanese occupation. I must admit my Korean history is very weak, and having been raised in white America, it is fun getting a fictional peek at what life might have been like a few generations back. I have read Pearl S. Buck's The Living Reed, which was also interesting. But this book is primarily from a woman's