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Born in Korea and raised by adoptive parents in the U.S., Jane Jeong Trenka had traveled more miles in infancy than many of us will travel in a lifetime. Her inventive memoir, The Language of Blood, bears witness to the fact that 30 years later, her journey continues, marked not by miles but by painstakingly small increments of self-understanding.
Residents of a small, homogenous Minnesota town, Jane and her older, Korean-born sister, Mi-Ja, are continually reminded of their status as foreigners. And Jane's attempts to fit in by becoming the perfect all-American girl are thwarted when she is victimized by a stalker while in college. Out of this shattering experience, she slowly puts her life back together and retraces the journey she and her sister made so many years before.
But Jane's plans to meet her birth mother and the rest of her Korean family have an unanticipated effect, leaving Jane stranded between two competing identities: Jane Brauer from Minnesota and Kyong-Ah, as she is known in Korea. And her personal yet enlightening struggle to bridge this gap raises questions -- at times uncomfortable ones -- about the nature of family and self. In The Language of Blood, Trenka has penned a courageous memoir that deserves a wide readership. (Fall 2003 Selection)