The Kinship of Secrets

Written by:
Eugenia Kim
Narrated by:
Janet Song

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2018
10 hours 35 minutes
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.
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Philip H.

This book was an interesting story about the different facets of people's lives within a family, separated during and following the Korean War. The contrast between living in the US and Korea during the war and its aftermath in the late 1950s and early 1960s was stark, even between typical middle-class citizens in both countries. I found it difficult to imagine the feelings and logic involved in leaving a family member behind, which happened in the story and in real life to the author's sister. The hardships experienced by the South Koreans (and still by North Koreans) are a testament to what I envision all citizens feel when their country is at war and resources are scarce, The narrator was good, speaking in changing tones and accents. I recommend this book for those who enjoy learning about new cultures.

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Kelley G.

Learned a lot about growing up in Korea during and after the Korean War (1950’s), as well as growing up in the U. S. as a Asian daughter.

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Berva Lorraine H.

Great book. I learned a lot about some of the difficulties faced by immigrants from other countries. Well written and narrated.

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