Memories of My Ghost Brother / Edition 1

Memories of My Ghost Brother / Edition 1

by Heinz Insu Fenkl
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0976808609

ISBN-13: 2900976808601

Pub. Date: 05/28/2005

Publisher: Bo-Leaf Books

Heinz Insu Fenkl is the son of a German-American soldier who married a Korean woman when he was stationed near Seoul. In this haunting novel he explores the coming-of-age of an Amerasian in Korea, torn between his motherÆs worldûûhaunted by ghosts, fox demons, and the specter of Japanese occupationsûûand his fatherÆs transplanted America. Young Insu grows up in the

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Heinz Insu Fenkl is the son of a German-American soldier who married a Korean woman when he was stationed near Seoul. In this haunting novel he explores the coming-of-age of an Amerasian in Korea, torn between his motherÆs worldûûhaunted by ghosts, fox demons, and the specter of Japanese occupationsûûand his fatherÆs transplanted America. Young Insu grows up in the chaotic streets of Pupyong, a district in the city of Inchon, the site of General Douglas MacArthurÆs historic invasion. His mother trafficks in everything, skilled in manipulating the black market to support her family. InsuÆs arrival at the orderly American school does little to resolve the conflicts between the cultures in which he must live. He may learn the language, but his eyes will never be blue, nor his hair yellow like his fatherÆs. And always, there is the memory of his lost half-brother, the baby that his mother sacrificed to marry his father, who refused to raise another manÆs child. With its ghost stories, folktales, mother-father conflicts, strange joys and violent tragedies, Memories of My Ghost Brother resonates with literary works like Maxine Hong KingstonÆs The Woman Warrior, Jerzy KosinskiÆs The Painted Bird , and Gus LeeÆs China Boy. Evocative and compelling, and introducing a unique new voice in American fiction, Memories of My Ghost Brother provides a rare, beautiful, and sometimes painful glimpse of the creation of one young manÆs identity. Finalist PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction. Finalist 1996 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.

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ISBN-13:
2900976808601
Publisher:
Bo-Leaf Books
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition

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