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, Cultural, Asia

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...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 stars to The Kinship of Secrets!It’s 1948 when Najin and Calvin Cho travel from Korea to the United States with their daughter, Miran. They are seeking a better life, and they chose, sadly, to leave Inja, their other daughter, in Korea with family. Unexpectedly, war begins in Korea, and Najin and Calvin worry they will never see Inja again. Miran grows up in the United States, the land of opportunities, while her sister is living in the midst...
  • Elyse (semi hiatus) 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 separated sisters - one raised in the U.S. - the other in South Korea - after some adjustment time of re-connecting at age 15.Intimacy grows between them through years of loss - and deeper understanding. Based on a true story...we see what can really...
  • 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...
  • 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--and I'm glad I did!The Kinship of Secrets is straightforward but very emotional. In 1948, right before the beginning of the Korean War, Najin and Calvin leave Korea for America. The cost of traveling is expensive and to show their love for Najin's f...
  • 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 bab...
  • Theresa Smith
    ‘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 ...
  • 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...
    A book about two sisters- one raised in Seoul (which is in midst of a war) and the other in America (still trying to form a perspective about immigrants).Inja lives with her Uncle in Seoul and has more hardships than one can imagine (especially poverty). Miran is in America with her parents. Inja receives gifts from her parents all the time, her only reminder of her biological parents. But she craves to visit them and be with them.Miran is a care...
  • Carissa
    What can I say about this book? I’ll start with a redeeming quality: it has potential. It’s a good concept, based on the author’s life. It parallels between two sisters growing up in two very different countries. Could be beautiful. But alas, there was so much wrong with this book. Let me start with the most annoying part for me: their finances. The parents planned to be away in America for two years, and then either go back to Korea to liv...
  • Karen
    I finished this novel because it gave me a greater understanding of Korea during the Korean war and afterward. That is the one sort-of-redeeming characteristic of the novel.As a work of fiction, however, the novel is mediocre. The structure of alternating chapters between the two sisters on different continents could have worked well, but Kim was inconsistent about it; the Korean chapters work well, with Inja's POV, but the American chapters are ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Anita Eti
    Wow. Just wow. This is one of those books you keep on your bookshelf and open when you're feeling ungrateful or something. Just reading about the experience of the 2 sisters makes one feel as if they should go thank their parents, and reading the descriptions of the brutality perpetrated during the seldom mentioned Korean war makes me feel like I need to review my history.This is a beautifully moving book, and I couldn't help but be engrossed in ...
  • Glenda Nelms
    The main themes of the novel are family, war, time,separation and reconnection. Two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. The Korean war kept the two sisters apart. There are deep family secrets that are revealed in the book. It's about the power of family, faith and love that bound them together. It's based on Eugenia Kim's family story. Beautifully moving, enlightening and well-written.
  • Karen Raskin
    3.5 stars. This book seemed to take forever to read. The story wasn't bad, but I found it to be boring, maybe because the writing was flat or because the family secrets didn't seem that dramatic to me.
  • Jessie
    The book, about a South Korean family separated from reunion with their youngest child through what was planned to be a short visit to America to set up a church (as promised by their leaving their daughter to be raised by family in Seoul) that is delayed for years and years due to the Korean war and subsequent political issues. I liked this book. I was so immersed in the storyline. I loved that the pull of parents was subsumed by the love of the...
  • Pam
    This was a great read about two sisters separated as babies until their teens. One is left behind during the Korean War with her mothers family while the other grows up in America with her parents. Great insights into the Korean War and culture, as well as love of family and family history. The story follows the girls through their mid 20s. Coming of age and historical fiction. Based on true story. Be sure to read authors note at end.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Linda
    What a beautiful, sincere novel! One of the things I appreciate about The Kinship of Secrets is that it depicts a family that truly loves each other. There are points of tension, of course, but everyone fundamentally loves each other. There are no overly-harsh uncles or abusive grandparents; at most, an aunt that married in is a bit crabby. This produces a story with no antagonists other than war, separation, and time.The secrets alluded to in ...
  • Jo
    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