The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim

The Kinship of Secrets

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 difficu...

Details The Kinship of Secrets

TitleThe Kinship of Secrets
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Kinship of Secrets

  • 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 Korea. It’s a story based on the author’s family as is The Kinship of Secrets. Writing of another time in Korea’s history during the Korean War, reflected through her family’s history makes this one so meaningful as well. This time the focus...
  • 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 and movement to safer zones prompts families to take on challenges never planned nor envisioned. Najin and Calvin Cho must make a snap decision to leave their native country for America when their paperwork is finally approved. Calvin has been trained...
  • 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 stood out and I'm so glad that I picked this up.I'll say again how important it is to read the author's note at the end. I was fascinated to find that the story for this novel derives from the author's family life, especially her sister's, which made...
  • 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 country divided and the sacrifices one family made for a child. Eugenia Kim did an amazing job of bringing Korea and her people to life! I can’t imagine how hard life was for the Korean people during this war. I especially loved the author’s note a...
  • Teresa
    Loved this book - an emotional, based on true life story of a remarkable bond between separated & reunited sisters. Unforgettable. Highly recommend.
  • 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 own.Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5An utterly engaging story that follows two sisters as they grow up separately due to the Korean War. When Najin and Calvin leave Korea for America, they bring with them the older sister — Miran — but leave b...
  • 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 bring one daughter, Miran. Inja is left behind with her grandparents and Uncle's family - with the intention of bringing her over. However, due to war, financial circumstances, and other situations, Inja does not come to the US until she is 15. Adju...
  • 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 “the forgotten war”.’ – Author notes.This novel has impressed me so much more than I could have ever anticipated. It’s a delicate balance of clear expression and deeply moving prose, a story that is quite honestly, unforgettable. And the fact ...
  • Betty
    This beautifully written book is the story of two sisters, only ten months apart in age, separated as toddlers. In 1948 daughter Inja is left in South Korea with her Uncle and Aunt and her grandparents, as her parents Calvin and Najin Cho, along with daughter Miran, move to the United States in search of better opportunities for their family. Their plan to return for Inja is crushed by the outbreak of the Korean War. Thus, Miran grows up under th...
  • Ruthie
    This is the story of a Korean family who emigrates to the U.S, leaving one child behind. The younger daughter, Inja, is left with her grandparents, aunt and uncle. The plan is that the family will return for her, but fate intercedes - war, finances, paperwork - they all contribute to the postponement of the reunion until Inja is well into her teens. The book follows Miran, as she grows up comfortably in Washington D.C and Inja, as she and her rel...
  • Diane Dunn
    Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publishers for a copy of this book.Told through the perspective of two “sisters”, one who remains with grandparents and uncle in Korea and the other who emigrates with their“parents” to the U.S in search of better opportunities. Reuniting the family proves a struggle as the Korean War ensues. Very well written, seeing the struggle of the immigrant in a new country and the sister left behind. Interesting...
  • katie kirmse
    The gripping story of a war torn family and the hurdles they face to reunite, it was impossible for me not to be roped in. This book was a window into a part of history entirely unfamiliar to me, and I am grateful to have been granted this glimpse.
  • Gaele
    I think that in today’s climate of nationalization and fears of the different that emigration and immigrants are subject to a serious lack of understanding – both of the difficulties faced when leaving your home and the place you feel comfortable and have support to a new space full of the unknown: language, customs, pace of life and even an understanding of just who you are. Kim tackles this and many other issues in this book, providing a ri...
  • Katherine
    Parallel Lives of Two SistersA page turner as two young girls grow from toddler to college graduates. One in Korea, the other in America--the cultures so different and yet periods of their lives--grade school, middle school --so similar in ways. Dealing with the personal adjustments to forming friendships, discovering boys, girlish competitions, differing relationships with parental figures, music, dancing, clothing styles. But the differences, t...
  • Liz
    Via my book blog at before the Korean conflict turned into a fully militarized war, Calvin Cho took his wife, Najin, and one of his daughters, Miran to the USA to raise money for a church. They decided to leave their other daughter, Inja, in the care of Najin's brother. Calvin worked as a translator and announcer for the US military radio. They did not foresee that it would be many years before the Kor...
  • Sarah MacIntyre
    I love historical fiction and have read many books but never one about Korea. This story based on the history of the authors own family is set between the Washington, DC and Seoul, Korea. A alternating story of two sisters - one taken for a new life in the US and one left with loving family in Korea. There was the promise they would be back for Inja not anticipating the outbreak of war. A truly heart wrenching story of loss of family, grief of th...
  • Ness
    I had read recently about a Harry Potter-themed dinner that was very successful and sounded (surprisingly) high-brow. I found the concept interesting because even having read the books, I could only think of a few things mentioned that would be suitable for eating or drinking. Here in this book though, Cassandra Reeder draws on a number of films and books to put together a collection of delicious concoctions.In excellent news, ginger, cinnamon an...
  • Bri
    An interesting Story about growing up in one culture and being dragged into another, all because of wars. A Little too repetitive on how our character was Feeling, but otherwise was a good read.
  • Pamela
    As tensions increase on the Korean peninsula, Miran and Inja’s parents decide to emigrate to the US. However, they leave Inja behind Korea with her grandparents. The parents tell their Korean family they will return the next year, but that year comes and goes and they are unable to return. Inja’s mother, Najin, sends packages home with presents for Inja inside not realizing how wildly inappropriate and confusing they are. When war breaks out ...
  • Jenifer Greenwell
    I absolutely loved this book! In fact, I stopped reading with about 10-15 pages left because I didn't want it to end. A great emotional roller coaster of a read that I would highly recommend. I am on my way to the bookstore now to get "The Calligrapher's Daughter" because I need more of this wonderful author. I would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Goodreads for my ARC that I won in a giveaway.
  • Kay
    A Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia KimSometimes keeping secrets is the best way to love another person. In A Kinship of Secrets, Inja is left behind in Korea with her Grandmother and Uncle. Her parents take their other daughter, Miran with them to the United States. They mean to be away for only a couple of years. But the years turn into many and we see the contrast in the way that Inja and her sister are raised. It would seem that the daughter left...
  • Reviewer The Brown Bookloft
    Publicaton Info: November 6th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Pre-pub Kindle edition courtesy of Eidelweiss+ by Above the Treeline.Summary: Four-year-old Inja lives with her uncle, aunt, grandparents and a small household staff in Korea. Rumors of an invasion, of impending war, swirl around. Her Uncle is concerned and follows the news and — the much more accurate — rumors closely. But Inja’s head is full of dreamy visions of her mysterio...
  • Gina Moltz
    What a saga! I cannot even imagine leaving my child in another country for a few years that turns into 15 years! Yet this is the decision Inja’s parents make. I was completely intrigued by Inja’s life in Korea. And then to journey with her to America! My heart broke for her loss of her Korean family and the confusion of America. The Kinship of Secrets was a beautiful book. Plus I learned some Korean history.
  • Stephanie Nelson
    This was a different read then I'm used to, and I found out in the end that it's most likely just because of cultural differences that the story seemed so different to me. This book was actually based a lot on the life of the author, and her sister's lives. The book follows two girls; sisters; one in Korea and one in America. The one sister is dealing with life in America, and dealing with parents who miss the other daughter in Korea. Then you ha...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    The Kinship of Secrets is based on the author's family history. Two sisters are separated. One is taken to the US with her parents and the other is left with family in Korea. The narrative switches back and forth between the sisters and their different upbringing in different cultures. Eventually, the one sister is reunited so her family and years later travels back to Korea with her sister for a visit. The author wrote an engaging story. I hope ...
  • Sylvia
    This book was OK, but could have been so much better. The story was loosely based on the life of Ms. Kim and it read more like a biography/autobiography rather than an engrossing work of fiction. I felt no empathy or connection with any of the characters. The characters could have been developed so much more -- especially Miran's and Inja's mother. "In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads."
  • Cavak
    Coincidentally, The Kinship of Secrets partly addresses that void I felt from another book about the Korean War I read this year, On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides. Whereas Sides extols heroics and/or events that occurred with North American military intervention, Kim weaves a decades long family narrative laying out the hardships of war from the divided, the fleeing, the confused and worried—the people without a gun or military connections....
  • Joanna
    I truly enjoyed reading this beautiful book! The writing was lovely, the characters were endearing and complex, and the details about life in Korea were fascinating. I can't wait to read more from Mrs. Kim. Thank you, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for an advance readers copy!"These writings expanded Inja's view of the world, even of her own national history in the way that only books can - by seeing through the eyes of the people who li...
  • Cat
    A sweeping, historical, family saga in which two sisters are separated during the Korean War. One is raised in the United States and the other in South Korea. For fans of Pachinko. #netgalley #ARC #libraryreads #houghtonmifflerharcourt
  • Helena C
    Absolutely love historical fiction and this ticked all the boxes for me. Set between Korea and Washington in the US, it is a story about family, love and secrets. The author tells the story so eloquently through the words of Miran a young girl leaving Korea to settle in the US but whose baby sister Inja is left behind in Korea where we get an insight into what life was like for her during that time. It was also really great for me to learn a litt...