Year of Impossible Goodbyes

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Year of Impossible Goodbyes
Author: Sook Nyul Choi
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1945
Geographic Area: Asia
Country: Korea
Topics: Korean War
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade
Format: Novel
Published: 1991

World History > Modern Age > 1940s

It is 1945, and courageous ten-year-old Sookan and her family must endure the cruelties of the Japanese military occupying Korea. Police captain Narita does his best to destroy everything of value to the family, but he cannot break their spirit. Sookan's father is with the resistance movement in Manchuria and her older brothers have been sent away to labor camps. Her mother is forced to supervise a sock factory and Sookan herself must wear a uniform and attend a Japanese school.

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