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This first-person novel is a devastatingly clear-eyed view of societal restrictions & their effects on the young narrator's family in 1960s Seoul. When an orphan boy comes to live with her family, eleven-year-old Junehee begins to realize that the demands placed on Korean women can destroy their lives. Junehee Lee lives in Seoul in a house full of women: three sisters, a busybody grandmother, and, always, everywhere, her mother. Her father spends much of his rtime in America working for the army--or out drinking with friends. When an orphaned boy comes to stay with the Lees, all the carefully balanced conflicts in the family erupt. Filled with closely observed details of Korean life, The Long Season of Rain is an unforgettable coming-of-age saga of great power.
The Long Season of Rain
Kim, Helen
Ballantine Books
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