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Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

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    Follow Kim's Trail of Crumbs as she searches for happiness

    This book was beautifully written! It led you through Kim's life - most of it centered in her 20's after she had moved out of the United States. It showed such a deep yearning to try to understand where she fit in, where she belonged, that you just wanted to reach into the book and take her in your arms to let her know that it would all be okay. By being "lost" by her mom, she grew up always searching, never quite feeling "at home."

    I interpreted the title "Trail of Crumbs" to be a metaphor for two things. First, she used to have a dream about her and her brother as Hansel and Gretel, just waiting for the moon to come out so they could see the trail of crumbs - only to find out that they had been eaten by the birds. Secondly, how she seemed to feel most comfortable in the kitchen, regardless of where she was, cooking wonderful dishes for friends. So as she traveled, she left her own 'trail of crumbs'. Her book is doctored with tales of wonderful foods in exotic (to me) places. At the ends of many of the chapters are recipes of what sound like delicious dishes. I hope someday to have the courage to try some of them. (There is an index in the back of the book listing these recipes.)

    You must read Kim's story of loss and loneliness as she loved, in her way, Olivier, but could not come to accept the life he created for her.
    "Somehow, I thought, he'll never realize that the everything he wants to give me will never take away the nothing that I've always had." (p66)
    Join her as she searches for acceptance and family and discovers a strength to let go of what cannot be changed and move forward.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

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    Gives insight on what it is like to be adopted. She never seems satisfied even though materialistically, she was given a lot. She keeps searching for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009

    thought provoking

    sad memoir, young woman in search of self and sense of identity; always looking outside herself for answers rather than within for sense of herself , sense of her person, ending left me sad; despite this
    I really enjoyed reading the book

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

    Kim was still searching for the place where she belonged and her mother.

    Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love and the Search for Home
    Kim Sunee
    Grand Central Publishing, 2009
    ISBN: 978-0446697903
    Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 03/09
    4 stars
    Kim was only three-years-old when she was left on a bench with a fist full of food. After sitting there for three days, a police officer takes her to the police station. A couple from New Orleans adopts her. There are few Asian girls in the area. In her early twenties, she joins an executive in France where she lives as his mistress and cares for his child. Kim was still searching for the place where she belonged and her mother.
    Kim Sunee has a talent for imagery. Her descriptions are magnificent. However, the best thing about this book is the wonderful recipes! Kim conveys a sense of sadness at her loss and abandonment.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Food, travel, and relationships

    An interesting travelogue as well as good food tales and a view into the author's seach for her identity. Along the way we get some fun stories, and a feeling of what it is like to be in search of that special something. I hope she does a follow-up book.

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