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How we disappeared / Jing-Jing Lee.

Lee, Jing-Jing, 1985- author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library LEE (Text) 33500013068044 New Available -
Godel Memorial-Warren Library LEE (Text) 35500006172413 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781335953759
  • ISBN: 1335953752
  • Physical Description: 348 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, 2019.

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Summary, etc.: "Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only two survivors and one tiny child. In a neighboring village, seventeen-year-old Wang Di is strapped into the back of a troop carrier and shipped off to a Japanese military brothel where she is forced into sexual slavery as a 'comfort woman.' After sixty years of silence, what she saw and experienced still haunts her. In the year 2000, twelve-year-old Kevin is sitting beside his ailing grandmother when he overhears a mumbled confession. He sets out to discover the truth, wherever it might lead, setting in motion a chain of events he never could have foreseen. Weaving together two time lines and two very big secrets, this stunning debut opens a window on a little-known period of history, revealing the strength and bravery shown by numerous women in the face of terrible cruelty. Drawing in part on her family's experiences, Jing-Jing Lee has crafted a profoundly moving, unforgettable novel about human resilience, the bonds of family and the courage it takes to confront the past." -- Amazon.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    *Starred Review* In modern Singapore, the paths of a grieving WWII survivor and a young boy converge as they seek to heal long-buried wounds. When Wang Di's husband, Soon Wei, dies, she realizes that her fearful refusal to discuss their war experiences has left her with no knowledge of his life before they married. Prickling with regret, Wang Di searches for the story she couldn't bear to hear from him and relives her own harrowing experience as a "comfort woman" enslaved by the Japanese army. As Wang Di searches for Soon Wei's history, 12-year-old Kevin Lim is alone at his grandmother's deathbed when she confesses that his father is not her biological son. She found him in a village destroyed by the Japanese and raised him as her own, even after learning that his father was looking for him. Convinced that finding his grandfather will draw his father out of grief, Kevin traces clues from his grandmother's old letters and finds his way to Soon Wei. Wang Di and Soon Wei's wartime suffering is woven through the story's shifting time line (from 1941 to 2000), but Lee balances their pain with Wang Di's loyal friendships in the camp, her loving determination to honor Soon Wei's story, and Kevin's quest to heal his father's grief. A beautifully written, suspenseful story of redemption and healing. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Comfort women > Fiction.
Last words > Fiction.
Widows > Fiction.
Villages > Singapore > Fiction.
Human trafficking > Japan > Fiction.
Military offenses > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Fiction.
Singapore > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Singapore > History > Japanese occupation, 1942-1945 > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
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