An emotionally riveting debut novel about war, family, and forbidden lovethe unforgettable saga of two ill-fated lovers in Korea and the heartbreaking choices theyre forced to make in the years surrounding the civil war that continues to haunt us todayWhen the communist-backed army from the North invades her home, sixteen-year-old Haemi Lee, along with her widowed mother and ailing brother, is forced to flee to a refugee camp along the coast. For a few hours each night, she escapes her familys makeshift home and tragic circumstances with her childhood friend, Kyunghwan.Focused on finishing school, Kyunghwan doesnt realize his older and wealthier cousin, Jisoo, has his sights set on the beautiful and spirited Haemiand is determined to marry her before joining the fight. But as Haemi becomes a wife, then a mother, her decision to forsake the boy she always loved for the security of her family sets off a dramatic saga that will have profound effects for generations to come.Richly told and...
|Title||:||If You Leave Me|
|Number of Pages||:||417 pages|
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If You Leave Me Reviews
My head is reeling from this emotionally devastating novel set in 1950-60's Korea. It begins with the childhood friendships of 16 yr old Haemi Lee and Kyunghwan. Late at night they escape the effects of war on his bicycle chugging liquor and smoking cigarettes feeling free as birds for a small portion of their lives. Enter Kyunghwan's older cousin Jisoo, who wants to make her his bride so that he has someone to come home to after he enlists in the war. Because he is wealthy and could help provid ...more
I could tell from the first page that I was going to absolutely love this book. The author's writing style is superb. Each time I had to put this book down, I couldn't wait to pick it back up. I will definitely be reading her next novel!
My early years of motherhood were very difficult. They made me wonder whether I was fit to have kids at all. And sometimes I would start to think about what my life would look like if I lived 50, 100, 200 years ago in a world where women had no choices about their families and childbearing. I could never think about it too much because the thought of what it would be like would overwhelm me. Even now it's a hard thought experiment because those years are still so fresh and raw in my mind. IF YOU ...more
It took me a while to get into If You Leave Me, and for the first third or so, I was confused about what exactly Crystal Hana Kim was trying to do: was this supposed to be a love story? A war story? It didn't feel like either, and it wasn't until about halfway through that I realized this book for what it was: a story about people hardened by war and poverty, and specifically, a story about women in a world that doesn't want to value their existence.
My heart has been breaking since Haemi agreed ...more
Thank you so much to William Morrow for providing my free copy of IF YOU LEAVE ME by Crystal Hana Kim - all opinions are my own.
This is a poignant, insightful debut novel set during the time of the Korean War involving a complicated love triangle. We follow sixteen-year-old Haemi Lee who is staying at a refugee camp as she and her family have been forced out of their village due to the calamity of war. Haemi has been sneaking out to spend time with her childhood friend, Kyunghwan, but a spark ig ...more
This is Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel and she in no way disappointed me. This story is brilliantly written, each chapter guides you through the lives of the three main characters- Haemi, Kyunghwan and Jisoo. The story line is set in the time of the Korean War when they all had to flee to safety in a refugee camp. Haemi and Kyunghwan were childhood friends and their friendship continues to grow as they sneak out and spend time with each other past curfew. Haemi does not hide her affection for Ky ...more
Haemi is a displaced teenager of the Korean War and has endured more than her Western counterparts; Japanese occupation, World War II and now this war against the Communist North. She finds freedom dressed in her father’s pants and with her childhood friend, Kyungham, there begins an awareness, a risk of more between them in this new world where the old customs don’t apply. But culture has the upper hand when Jisoo, Kyungham’s elder, sees in Haemi a grace that belies her position and seeks her f ...more
This wins for beautiful cover, but the story was disappointing. This is a pretty standard love story/love triangle. I was interested in the post-WWII Korean setting, but nothing much was made of that in the book. To me, that was a missed opportunity.