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A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee's Search for Her Roots

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    A Korean adoptees MUST READ

    All people who have a connection to adoption, especially Korean adoption should read this book. If you are interested in different cultures, read this book. It would have been GREAT if it would have turned out differently at the end and of course it would have been greater in real life if the beginning were different! But it is a wonderful book, well written book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    A Great Classroom Resource

    "A Single Square Picture" by Katy Robinson is wonderful memoir. Ms. Robinson shares her story of adoption and her return to Korea to find and possibly establish a relationship with her biological father as well as to search for her birth mother. This story is a great experience for any reader, young or old. As a classroom teacher, I have found it a great way to guide my students to an understanding of different cultures, families, and more importantly, themselves. Each student seems to have taken part of the story and identified with it. What a gift!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    A very touching memoir

    Having an interest in adoption and a heart for adoptees, I was completely engaged in the author's story of her life. This book is well written, provoking a wide range of emotions. I especially appreciated the author's candor, realizing that the book was probably difficult to write. If you have time, I also recommend an article titled "Seoul Searching" by Rick Reilly in Time magazine (8/28/2000: 42-44).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2002

    Beautifully composed, with broad appeal...

    This memoir is riveting, emotionally draining, and punctuated with humor. The writer skillfully and beautifully tells the story of her adoption at age 7 and her return to Korea to establish a relationship with her biological father and to search for her birth mother. But her story has parallels to anyone's life, regardless of adoption status or country of origin. It will have a lasting impact on any reader who has had a less-than-perfect relationship with a family member. Ms. Robinson's writing talent is obvious throughout the book, as she skillfully weaves flashbacks from her first seven years in Korea and her childhood in the U.S., with the discovery of her Korean family as an adult. Her ability to portray the characters, dialogue, and Korean culture with such realism and subtle skill is equal to that of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors. Not only is her story fascinating, but she knows how to tell it. The author has given a tremendous gift to society by so artfully sharing her history and its impact on her emotional development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2002

    A Beautiful Book

    This is a beautifully written book. It's also as riveting as any ficticious mystery story, with Katy, who was adopted at the age of seven and sent from Korea to live in Salt Lake City, following all sorts of false leads in her attempt to obtain correct information about the fate of her birth mother from her birth father and his children. It was very hard for me to put this book down - I even was sneaking looks at it at work when the boss was otherwise occupied. And I wish the very, very best for Katy in her continuing search for the truth of her origins. Hopefully there will be a sequel to this book in the near future!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2002

    An amazing story!

    This is such a wonderful story, I truly read it in a day. I absolutely could not put it down. As a fellow adoptee who is about to reunite with her biological family in Korea, I feel so fortunate to know that there are so many resources out there for me to read and learn from. Thank you for sharing your experiences Katy, best of luck in the future.

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