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The Waiting



written and illustrated by
Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

Edition
Paperback
Publisher
Drawn & Quarterly
Imprint
Drawn & Quarterly
ISBN
9781770464575
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion , Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion , Discrimination: Sexism
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The story begins with a mother's confession . . . sisters permanently separated by a border during the Korean Wa.

Keum Suk Gendry-Kim was an adult when her mother revealed a family secret: She had been separated from her sister during the Korean War. It’s not an uncommon story—the peninsula was split across the 38th parallel, dividing one country into two. As many fled violence in the north, not everyone was able to make it south. Her mother’s story inspired Gendry-Kim to begin interviewing her and other Koreans separated by the war; that research fueled a deeply resonant graphic novel.

The Waiting is the fictional story of Gwija, told by her novelist daughter, Jina. When Gwija was seventeen years old, after hearing that the Japanese were seizing unmarried girls, her family married her in a hurry to a man she didn't know. Japan fell, Korea gained its independence, and the couple started a family. But peace didn’t come. The young family of four fled south. On the road, while breastfeeding and changing her daughter, Gwija was separated from her husband and son.

Then seventy years passed. Seventy years of waiting. Gwija is now an elderly woman and Jina can’t stop thinking about the promise she made to help find her brother.

Expertly translated from the Korean by the award-winning translator Janet Hong, The Waiting is the devastating followup to Gendry-Kim’s Grass, which appeared on best-of-the-year lists from The New York Times, The Guardian, Library Journal, and more.Author’s note. Black-and-white illustrations. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion , Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion , Discrimination: Sexism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

248

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 9/10"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2021

Book Genres

Graphic Novels, Biographical Fiction

Topics

Families. South Korea. North Korea. Family history. Korean War. Country borders. Migrants and refugees. Family separation. Family reunification. Mothers and daughters. Siblings.

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