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White Chrysanthemum [EPUB] ✹ White Chrysanthemum Author Mary Lynn Bracht – Finalist for the 2019 Dayton Literary Peace Prize For fans of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko and Lilac Girls the heartbreaking history of Korea is brought to life in this deeply moving and redemptive debut th Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize For fans of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko and Lilac Girls the heartbreaking history of Korea is brought to life in this deeply moving and redemptive debut that follows two sisters separated by World War II Korea Hana has lived her entire life under Japanese occupation As a haenyeo a female diver of the sea she enjoys an independence that few other Koreans can still claim Until the day Hana saves her younger sister from a Japanese soldier and is herself captured and transported to Manchuria There she is forced to become a comfort woman in a Japanese military brothel But haenyeo are women of power and strength She will find her way home South Korea Emi has spent than sixty years trying to forget the sacrifice her sister made but she must confront the past to discover peace Seeing the healing of her children and her country can Emi move beyond the legacy of war to find forgivenessSuspenseful hopeful and ultimately redemptive White Chrysanthemum tells a story of two sisters whose love for each other is strong enough to triumph over the grim evils of war.

  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • White Chrysanthemum
  • Mary Lynn Bracht
  • 01 July 2016
  • 9780735214446

About the Author: Mary Lynn Bracht

An American author of Korean descent living in London Mary grew up in a large ex pat community of women who came of age in postwar South Korea In she visited her mother’s childhood village and it was during this trip she first learned of the “comfort women” Her debut novel White Chrysanthemum was published in January by Chatto Windus Books and Putnam Books She is represented by.

10 thoughts on “White Chrysanthemum

  1. Angela M Angela M says:

    This was not an easy book to read yet I’m glad that I did It’s a beautifully written tribute to Korean women who were taken from their homes during the Japanese occupation and forced to be “comfort women” an inconceivably gentle phrase for the sex slaves they were made to be It’s also a tribute and a remembrance as the author points out in her note to all women around the world subjected to rape during wartime These horrific events of barbaric treatment this story of what happened to these women is depicted through the lives of two sisters Their separate narratives are told decades apart but they each are very much a part of one another’s thoughts and dreams and memories Hana the older sister begins her telling in 1943 when at sixteen she has learned her mother’s skill as a “haenyeo” a diver a fisher woman In spite of the Japanese occupation their life on this small island off the coast of southern Korea has remained uiet yet vigilant while fearing the Japanese soldiers Her story of brutal and vicious treatment cuts to the core What happens to Hana is not for the faint of heart Hana’s chapters alternate with her younger sister Emi’s when years later in 2011 Emi recounts the past that she has kept from her family not telling them of the day her sister is taken by a Japanese soldier as Hana tried to save her little sister from this fate Emi though not taken by the Japanese soldier relives the horrific times that she endures Grief and guilt and love of family the burdens of the past prey on Emi and she finally tells her children of her losses her sorrow the awful things that happened to her village and her family It’s a work of fiction but it holds the truth of the past as a good work of historical fiction can do This appears to be well researched and I read several articles confirming what happened during this time to the Koreans It seems cliche to say this is heartbreaking and gut wrenching but it is difficult to find anything other than these ordinary words The thing is there nothing ordinary about this book Mary Lynn Bracht in her note says “Of those tens of thousands of women and girls enslaved by the Japanese military only forty four South Korean survivors are still alive at the writing of this book to tell the world what happened during their captivity how they survived and how they returned home We will never know what happened to the other women and girls who perished before getting the chance to let the world know what they suffered” With this novel she has given them a voice I’m not sure why I originally gave it 45 stars It is deserving of all the stars I received an advanced copy of this book from GP Putnam's Sons Penguin through Edelweiss

  2. Jen Jen says:

    I love when a story takes me to a place I've never heard of especially an exotic location in the South Korean sea But in 1943 that beauty was shadowed by the horrid history of war Taking hundreds of thousands of lives not just soldiers but women who were kidnapped and offered up to soldiers to be 'comfort women' to be raped humiliated and often murdered all in the name of supporting the Japanese war effortsThis story starts on Jeju island which sits on the map just south of Korea It's isolated from the mainland but not far enough from being impacted by the war The island is occupied by the Japanese military Two sisters and their mother are haenyeo divers of the sea Hana the eldest is taken one day by the Japanese as she finishes a swim and is forced into the life of sacrifice to save her younger sisterFast forward to 2011 Emi the youngest now 77 is still haunted by that day Hana was taken The pain of remembrance and her own sufferings follow her as she heads toward her own final fate To those women who were courageous in their survival and their circumstances may we never forget the pain of your confinement; the suffering of your so many losses This one made me weep An awesome read 5⭐️

  3. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    This is a book with very hard to read subject matter It is a beautiful book and an ugly bookand a book based on historical truisms It is also about historical events of which I had no knowledgeHana comes from a long line of strong women who are called haenyo they dive for a living capturing the bottom feeders of sea creatures which will be sold at the market Emi her younger sister still not a strong enough swimmer stays on shore to guard the catch The Japanese are the occupiers of South Korea and the women have been warned about these men never to be found alone When she sees her younger sister about to become a victim Hana does the only thing possible drawing their eyes from her sister and on to herself A beautiful act of unselfish loveForced to endure sex as a comfort women to the Japanese though in her case it is a particular enemy Morimoto who will become her keeper and enslaver The book alternates between the fate of Hana and other women and Emi now in her seventies She still dives freer in the water than on land with her aged body and the life she now leads A story that is both poignant and horrifying but told very wellThe authors note explains the history behind the story Between 50000 and 200000 of South Korean women were kidnapped and forced to become comfort women to the Japanese army Most times their parents did not know what happened to them their fate unknown I loved both these women Hana her strength of character and Emi who seeks closure As I said some scenes are hard to read they are graphic but they happened Are in fact still happening to women of many nations Why is it that men wage war and women left behind pay the price? What the men went through is acknowledged we now understand PTSD and other effects of war though I admit I find even their treatment subpar What women have gone through is little talked about if they are lucky enough to return home their family is often too embarrassed to talk and often hide what happened A guilty shame So books like this are important They force us to see and feel for those lost in the shadowsARC from Edelweiss

  4. Lucy Langford Lucy Langford says:

    45 Look for your sister after each dive Never Forget If you see her you are safeKorea 1943 Both Hana and Emi have lived their entire lives under Japanese occupation; their Korean names literature and cultural practices are repressed and made illegal Living on Jeju Island Hana is a Haenyeo a female diver of the sea Both her and her mother as well as some other women enjoy an independence that so few other Koreans can enjoy Emi is too young and so has to wait on the shore while she watches and waits for her mother and sister to finish their dive and catch of sea creaturesOne day Hana sees a Japanese soldier on the beach heading towards her sister With all her strength she powers toward the shore saving her younger sister but in the process is captured herself and transported to become a 'comfort woman'Switching to 2011 we are told of Emi's story and her life spent trying to repress the unhappiness of her past including the sacrifice that her sister made However in order to discover peace she must confront her past and valiantly searches for her beloved sister The book switches from 19321933 under Hana's point of view to 2011 from Emi's point of view While Hana's point of view describes the absolute horror of being trafficked and repeatedly raped and abused while being a comfort woman Emi's story shows the after effects of her sister's disappearance the Jeju Massacre and her forced marriage to a man that she hates during the Korean War Despite the ceaseless amount of horror both of these young women faced it also shows their absolute resilience and bravery and how their love and memory of each other and their lives as Haenyeo gives them some light and hope in these awful circumstances This book highlighted a piece of history I hardly knew anything about I had heard of the Japanese occupation of Korea but not much else It is believed that up to 200000 Korean women and girls were stolen tricked and sold into military sexual slavery for and by the Japanese military during Japan's colonisation of Korea Many of these women and girls did not come home and are still missing their families never finding the answers to their whereabouts or what happened to them Their tragic stories unknownUnbelievably it was only in 1993 when Japan acknowledged the existence of comfort women which was then later retracted It seems as though there is no reparation for these women no apology or substantial governmental recognition of their stories There is a silencing of these voicesThis book gave a glimpse into the suffering of Korean women affected by the war whether these women were taken or left behind Mary Lynn Bracht the author gives the important knowledge of atrocities committed against women and the attention and sympathy these women deserve otherwise their stories could be lost for everThis book fascinated me and submerged me into learning parts of the Haenyeo culture while also offering me insight into the war This book left me feeling like my heart had been wrenched from my body a deep seed of dread and sadness whenever I picked the book up The story was utterly devastating but important and was also unputdownable as I just needed to learn and know about both Hana and Emi's livesI think if you enjoyed books such as A Thousand Splendid Suns where there is unfairness devastation and sadness yet hope and beauty then White Chrysanthemum should be a good read for you

  5. Dem Dem says:

    A deeply moving and beautifully written historical fiction novel of human resilience and enduring love of sisters a story about the Korean ‘comfort women’ prostituted by Japanese soldiers in World War II and two sisters separated as young girls but the bond of sisters remains strong and they never strop thinking about each otherThis was an eye opening and haunting debut novel by Mary Lynn Brecht and while fictional it is based on real life events that are harrowing and disturbing in places to read but I always remind myself that I only have to read about these events real woman had to endure them and their families have to relive them in trying to find justice and peace for these women and I thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read and lean about a time in history that was not taught in my curriculam in secondary school The people in this book are not just make up characters but flesh and blood people in the past whose stories need to be told through fiction or non fiction to educative and keep their memory alive and to seek the truth for a new generaltion I have lined up a couple of Non Fiction reads to further educate me about this time in our world's ugly historyI listened to this book on audio and the narrator was excellent well paced and easy to listen to I always find historical fiction books really give a terrific insight into history and although they are not 100% accurate they do tend to introduce the reader to events and people in history they may not have been aware of or might never read about and I think that is so importantI am starting the Rape of Nanking a non fiction book about the Nanking Massacre and the massive atrociities committed by Imperial Japanese Army after it

  6. Holly Holly says:

    This book was a fictional tale about an important real life historical topic so I really wanted to love this book but I only ended up sort of liking it When a book tackles such a horrifying time in history when Korean women were kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military as 'comfort women' it's hard to balance the need for both captivating storytelling and historical accuracy I personally really struggled to emotionally connect with this book despite it's desperately upsetting subject a teenage girl Hana who willingly gets captured in order to save her much younger sister Emi from the same fate I think my lack of emotional connection is mainly because the author chose to write this story in a third person narrative instead of first person so there was already this built in distance between the reader and the characters I'm usually not one to even notice things like that But when reading a scene that involves something terrible happening which of these sentences do you feel connected to I closed my eyes and held my breath or She closed her eyes and held her breath? See what I mean pun unintended? The whole time I felt like I was reading a story I was never really IN the story And with a subject like this I truly think it does a disservice to distance the reader from the horrors that were happening But beyond that I also just felt like the book in some ways just kind of uickly moved past the whole sexual slavery part For something that was a pretty central point to the whole book Hana doesn't actually spend that much page time dealing with it We're just told at one point that she has been there for 80 something days and then she is suddenly no longer in that specific situation And that itself was a weird ending to her story I don't want to get into spoilers for that but let's just say it never made sense and it was never fully explained Morimoto was just a cartoonishly evil character with a backstory that made no sense and neither did most of his actionsview spoilerWhy would you send your wife and child to America if you were fighting Americans? Why was he obsessed with Hana? At one point he seemed to be a man in charge but then later he was just a guard and then even later was either a spy or a smuggler but that was never explained either hide spoiler

  7. Lori Lori says:

    Powerfully heartbreaking I am always so appreciative of authors that bring remarkable stories like this to the forefront How many stories like Hanna’s exist? ‘The list of women suffering wartime rape is long and will continue to grow unless we include women’s wartime suffering in history books commemorate the atrocities against them in museums and remember the women and girls we lost by erecting monuments in their honor like the Statue of Peace’ These events can not be covered up knowledge is power and stories like this need to continue to be written A must read 5 stars

  8. Celia Celia says:

    Sometimes old wounds need to be reopened to let them properly healThe white chrysanthemum – in Korea the flower of the funeral the flower of death This story tells of death – perhaps not always death of the body; the spirit can die tooThis book tells of the ‘comfort women’ women stolen from Korea to satisfy the sexual needs of the Japanese invaders Somehow the Japanese think that sexually satisfied men will make better warriorsThis book had me captivated from sentence 1 Historical fiction is my kind of book And despite its sadness and horror oh I do love this book It is historical fiction at its finest full of historical and unfamiliar factsIn the first 5 sentences alone I foundJapan annexed Korea in 1910Koreans speak fluent Japanese are educated in Japanese history and culture and are prohibited from speaking reading or writing in their native Korean Hana the protagonist and her mother are haenyeo women of the sea and they work for themselves Haenyeo are female divers in the Korean province of Jeju and are known for their independent spirit iron will and determinationThe story of Hana and her family begins in 1943 Hana is an only child until she turns 7 years old When Little Sister is born her mother says in a serious tone “You are her protector now Hana” Hana promises to protect her and knows this promise is foreverThis is a very fast paced book In the first chapter alone we meet Hana her sister is born a Japanese soldier abducts Hana and in order to save her sister as she has promised she goes with the soldier while her sister hides Hana is abducted but her sister stays behind2011 We meet Emi and uickly learn she is Little Sister 68 years later Emi is old and sad and tormented with horrible dreams She has lost someone she loves Can she find her?The story alternates between Hana whose body is imprisoned and Emi whose spirit is imprisonedYes the book is full of gruesome and horrific images However we need to know these horrible things happenedI strongly recommend this book to those who love historical fiction and those who careRe read UpdateThere were things that I noticed on the second read that I did not on the first read Just as engaging and sad on the second read as the firstBracht who is of Korean heritage wishes to leave you with this final thoughtWar is terrible brutal and unfair and when it ends apologies must be given reparations made and survivors’ experiences remembered5 stars

  9. Liz Liz says:

    This well done historical fiction covers two sisters in Korea starting during WWII and going right through 2011 While I was familiar with comfort women what was less known by me was the history of Korea between WWII and the Korean War I had no idea of the brutality of the South Korean government Hana is the older sister A haenyeo or sea diver she is taken off the beach by a Japanese corporal and sent to a brothel in China Her younger sister Emi escaped notice that day Emi’s story is told in 2011 and seen in a backwards glance As you would expect it’s a sad tale It’s well written but graphic and hard to take at times Bracht does a good job of mixing historical facts into her storyline without disrupting the flow I did struggle to buy into Morimoto’s fixation on Hana And because of that the ending didn’t ring true to me Although I did appreciate Bracht’s Author’s Note explaining her reasoning for the ending I also read Tiger Pelt by Annabelle Kim which also covers the history of comfort women and found it to be believable although much darker This was our book club selection and I can recommend it for other clubs looking for a discussion worthy choice

  10. Karen R Karen R says:

    Subject matter in this novel was heartbreaking to read but paints a legitimate picture of the suffering of Koreans by the Japanese during WWII and post war The story alternatively told told from Hana and Emi’s perspectives sisters who were ripped apart from one another at a young age is powerful Hana’s story begins in 1943 as a young girl taken by Japanese soldiers to be used as a sex slave; Emi’s story in 2011 as an older woman carrying the guilt of Hana’s disappearance and trying to come to terms with the pastThe sisters’ interwoven narratives relating to this historic atrocity are a sobering reminder of sins of the past and relevance to the present This is a book that will be put in a prominent place on my bookshelf one that has influenced me to reflect on the good life I’ve been given I am grateful Mary Lynn Bracht chose a topic that I was unfamiliar with She brilliantly captures the essence of human endurance and spirit A must readSide note I wondered if any of these women were still alive so did a web search Very few are I discovered South Korea passed legislation in Nov 2017 creating a holiday on August 14 each year to recognize the thousands of sex slaves or comfort women used by the Japanese military during World War II Aug 14 is the anniversary of a 1991 news conference given by victim Kim Hak soon the first to publicly testify about her experience as a comfort woman

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