White Chrysanthemum
by Mary Lynn Bracht
PBR Review:

I’ve read a lot of World War II books, most detailing abominable acts against humanity. So, I was a bit surprised that I did not know about the events happening in this book. Be warned; this story portrays much evil and suffering, unthinkable things that happened when Korea was under Japanese occupation during WWII.

Hana is just 16 years old when Japanese soldiers kidnap and force her to become a “comfort woman” in an army brothel. She and the others, some as young as 12 years old, are raped and abused over and over every day. Emi, Hana's sister is left behind and spends her life in torment, searching for her sister. I also loved reading about the haenyeo, women divers in South Korea, who prided themselves on being strong and independent. I am always in awe of strong, brave , women.

This is a gripping and important story that needs to be told; so much to learn.


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