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Our Happy Time by [Ji-young, Gong]
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Length: 273 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Two flawed individuals form an unlikely bond in this story of love and forgiveness set in South Korea. Yunsu suffered dreadful abuse and neglect as a young child, became schooled in the criminal arts as an adolescent, and ended up a convicted murderer on death row. Yujeong had a privileged childhood, studied art in Paris, and became a college professor. But a traumatic event when she was 15 led her to try to take her own life repeatedly. After her third suicide attempt, Yujeong has the choice of being hospitalized or helping her beloved Aunt Monica, a nun, and she takes the latter option, accompanying her aging aunt to meetings with death-row prisoners. First-person chapters alternately reveal the backstories of the two primary characters up to the trauma that damaged Yujeong and the crimes that led to Yunsu’s capture as their weekly meetings open their hearts to greater understanding and the possibility of forgiving. The first of Gong’s novels to be published in English, this is a moving story with a religious bent and a strong view on capital punishment. --Michele Leber

About the Author

Gong Ji-young is one of Korea’s most beloved and critically acclaimed novelists. She has sold more than 10 million books in South Korea alone. Her awards include the 2011 Yisand Literary Award, the 21st Century Literary Award, the Korean Novel Prize, Special Media Award, and Amnesty International for Our Happy Times. This is Gong’s first novel to be translated into English. Her books are published in China, Thailand, Japan, and the UK.

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  • File Size: 6309 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Marble Arch Press (July 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EMDPUWO
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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