Release Date: July 01, 2007
ISBN: 9781573442756
eISBN: 9781573444842

Jia: A Novel of North Korea

by Hyejin Kim

The first novel about present-day North Korea to be published in the West.

A moving and true-to-life tale of courage in the face of oppression and exile.

Hyejin Kim's Jia follows the adventures of an orphaned young woman, Jia, who has the grace of a dancer but the misfortune of coming from a politically suspect family. In the isolated mining village of her childhood, Jia's father, a science teacher, questions government intrusion into his classroom and is taken away by police, never to be heard from again. Now Jia must leave the village where her family has been sent as punishment to carve a path for herself. Her journey takes her first to Pyongyang, and finally to Shenyang in northeast China. Along the way, she falls in love with a soldier, befriends beggars, is kidnapped, beaten, and sold, negotiates Chinese culture, and learns to balance cruel necessity with the possibilities of kindness and love. Above all, Jia must remain wary, always ready to adapt to the "capricious political winds" of modern North Korea and China.

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About the author Hyejin Kim

Hyejin Kim has written for numerous publications, including Asia Times. She has a Ph.D. in global affairs from Rutgers University. In 2003 she received the Korean Novelist Association's award for Best Television Drama Scenario. Jia was inspired by her encounters with North Korean refugees in northern China. Jia "Vivid and poignantly understated, Jia is authentic and heartbreaking; it is an absolute must read for those who wish...

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