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Publisher Description

Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country...despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated.

By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun was in danger of the same. Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete. Before finally reaching South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family would live homeless, fall into the hands of Chinese human traffickers, survive a North Korean labor camp, and cross the deserts of Mongolia on foot.

Now, Eunsun is sharing her remarkable story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence. Told with grace and courage, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, ultimately, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

Biographies & Memoirs
July 21
St. Martin's Press

Customer Reviews

AmyElaineWilliamson ,

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This book is such an awesome and fearless telling of a life in and escape from North Korea. It's a well-told story that chronicles one person's life but is probably the story of many more. It should be shared and told to others so that we may help those in need of change there.
Great read!


Simplistic and short

This book is reminiscent of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, (although the latter holds your attention far better) in terms of a serious subject being written from a young viewpoint. While I appreciate the author having shared her story, it is written at a grade-school level with multiple mistakes made by the book’s translator. Most egregiously it truly fell short of the well-developed and detailed story I had hoped it would be.

Brizely ,

I loved this book

I could not stop reading it. I loved it.

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