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Can a nation disappear forever? . . . [In] a tale of collective loss, political revolution and the individual quest for self-determination . . . Kim brings us the souls caught up on the ground of this larger drama. Minneapolis Star Tribune
In 1904, facing war and the loss of their nation, more than a thousand Koreans leave their homes for the promise of land in unknown Mexico. After a long sea voyage, these emigrants thieves and royals, priests and soldiers, orphans and entire families discover that they have been sold into indentured servitude.
Aboard the ship, the orphan Ijeong fell in love with a noblemans daughter; separated when the hacendados claim their laborers, he vows to find her. Then, after years of working in the punishing heat of the henequen fields, the Koreans are caught in the midst of a Mexican revolution. A tale of star-crossed love, political turmoil, and the dangers of seeking freedom in a new world, Black Flower is an epic story based on a little-known moment in history.
Kim is at the leading edge of a new breed of South Korean writers. Philadelphia City Paper
Spare and beautiful. Publishers Weekly, starred review
Readers who remember the historical fiction of Thomas B. Costain, Zo Oldenbourg and Anya Seton will appreciate [Kims] extensive research and empathic imagination. Kirkus Reviews