Daughters of the Dragon

Daughters of the Dragon

by William Andrews

Overview: When twenty-year-old Anna Carlson travels from America to a Korean orphanage to locate her birth mother, she’s devastated to learn the woman is already dead. But just when it seems her search is over, a stranger hands her a parcel containing an antique comb—and an address.

That scrap of paper leads Anna to the Seoul apartment of the poor yet elegant Hong Jae-hee. Jae-hee recounts an epic tale that begins with the Japanese occupation of Korea and China during World War II, when more than two hundred thousand Korean women were forced to serve the soldiers as “comfort women.” Jae-hee knows the story well—she was one of them.

As Jae-hee’s narrative unfolds, Anna discovers that the precious tortoiseshell comb, with its two-headed ivory dragon, has survived against all odds through generations of her family’s women. And as its origins become clearer, Anna realizes that along with the comb, she inherits a legacy—of resilience and courage, love and redemption—beyond her wildest imagination.

Dale Israel (02/06/17): First I want to thank Faith for recommending this book. Daughters of the Dragon was an excellent book and was very well written. I kept wanting to sit down and read it... to hell with the laundry or cooking dinner...I had to read just one more chapter. While this novel certainly had me hooked from the very beginning, I feel it's only fair to warn readers of the graphic brutality described in great detail. It made me sick to my stomach and I almost threw in the towel however I'm so glad I didn't. This book haunts me and I'm glad I read it. One of the best books I've ever read. Loved it!
Rating: *****

Faith Bowers (01/17/17): This historical fiction stays with you. It is very descriptive of the sex slaves forced by the Japanese during WWII, called comfort women. The North-South Korean conflict is next and then we go quickly to a successful time for the protagonist, Ja-hee Hong. She has a story to tell of the four generations of women who she is a part of. The character development was not as important as understanding what these women went through. You get a sense of Korean history during the 20th century and a respect for how Korea becomes another pawn in international politics during that time. Andrews writes well and you want to finish this quick and interesting book.
Rating: ***

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