Somebody's Daughter

Somebody's Daughter

by Marie Myung-Ok Lee


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A "heartwarming and heartbreaking"* story of a Korean American girl's search for her roots

Somebody's Daughter is the story of nineteen-year-old Sarah Thorson, who was adopted as a baby by a Lutheran couple in the Midwest. After dropping out of college, she decides to study in Korea and becomes more and more intrigued by her Korean heritage, eventually embarking on a crusade to find her birth mother. Paralleling Sarah's story is that of Kyung-sook, who was forced by difficult circumstances to let her baby be swept away from her immediately after birth, but who has always longed for her lost child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807083895
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/15/2006
Series: Fiction Series
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Marie Myung-Ok Lee, author of three young adult novels, including Finding My Voice and Saying Goodbye, has received many honors for her writing, among them an O. Henry honorable mention, and both Best Book for Young Adults and Best Book for Reluctant Readers citations from the American Library Association. She is currently a visiting scholar at her alma mater, Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Somebody's Daughter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of Sarah, a Korean adoptee and her struggle with being Korean but knowing nothing about her heritage. Also the story of her birth mother and why she made the decision to give her up. I am a Korean adoptee too and I could really relate to the book. Although it is fictional it gives a perspective that many adoptees can attest to - that being adopted was probaby for the best, but it is still difficult not knowing your own personal history. The book gives a great description of Korean attitudes and it's culture, past and present.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is by far the BEST I came across in a long time. It's a story of a woman trying to find her Korean identity. I know there's a lot of stories like this but Lee did a great job writing about the protagonist's journey and emotions. Overall, great book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book -- I'm not Korean American or adopted, but I am a fan of great novels, and this is one. The two parallel stories of Sarah and her birth mother are beautifully written, and the mystery of whether Sarah will meet her birth mother is revealed to my great satisfaction. The description of life in Korea (now and in the early 1970s) is very evocative. This is one of my favorite books of 2005.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Shortly after landing in Seoul to begin language classes, Sarah Thorson, a 19-year-old Korean-American adoptee raised by Minnesota Lutherans, is called a Twinkie--'yellow on the outside, white on the inside.' The taunt hardly fazes her. 'In a taxonomy of Hostess junk food cakes, I went beyond Twinkie. I was a Sno-ball, the coconut treat that's white to the core.' Sarah's wry honesty is just one of the pleasures of this wonderfully observed novel. Interspersed with Sarah's adventures in Korea's often-bewildering terrain is the story of Kyung-sook, a shrimp seller haunted by memories of the daughter she had to abandon. Resisting easy resolution, the dual narratives bring to life a country where 'everything was changeable in the blink of an eye.' Somebody's Daughter is a treat.'' --Ellen Shapiro