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The Liberators

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The Liberators

At the height of the military dictatorship in South Korea, Insuk and Sungho are arranged to be married. The couple soon moves to San Jose, California, with an infant and Sungho’s overbearing mother-in-law. Adrift in a new country, Insuk grieves the loss of her past and her divided homeland, finding herself drawn into an illicit relationship that sets into motion a dramatic saga and echoes for generations to come.

From the Gwangju Massacre to the 1988 Olympics, flashbacks to Korean repatriation after Japanese surrender, and the Sewol ferry accident, E. J. Koh’s exquisitely drawn portraits and symphonic testimony from guards, prisoners, perpetrators and liberators spans continents and four generations of two Korean families forever changed by fateful past decisions made in love and war.

Extraordinarily beautiful and deeply moving, THE LIBERATORS is an elegantly wrought family saga of memory, trauma and empathy, and a stunning testament to the consequences and fortunes of inheritance.

The Liberators
by E. J. Koh

  • Publication Date: November 7, 2023
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tin House Books
  • ISBN-10: 1959030159
  • ISBN-13: 9781959030157