This was a beautifully written family saga that spans several generations. It sweeps you along into this family’s life while they try to survive in a country that treats them like outsiders and dirt. Oftentimes, the danger of family sagas that span generations is that the reader can get lost, or bored, or not connected; however, I thought Min Jin Lee handled all of this extremely well. I was never bored; she never lost me in the story; and all of the characters stories connected and intertwined so well, that while they each had their own voice, you still knew what was happening in the story.
It was fascinating following this Korean family from the early 1900s—a family with a patriarch that has a physical disability which he should not have survived with during that time—all the way to the 1980s. That’s a LONG span of time to cover, and this book could have easily been hundreds of pages longer than it was, but it would have lost the flow and clipped pace which would have been detrimental.
This ended up being a favorite of mine; learning about this different culture, it’s history, and how these people survived and made a living for themselves in Japan, had me hooked. I highly recommend this book!