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Gripping, suspenseful, and unflinching, Tiger Pelt is a story of rebirth from the rubble of a savage time and a ravaged place: Korea during the Japanese occupation followed by the Korean War. A farm boy embarks on a quest that propels him on an odyssey spanning the Korean peninsula and crossing the Pacific. In a parallel life, a beautiful young girl is kidnapped and forced to work as a comfort woman for the Japanese military. During a raging monsoon, the two souls will collide in a near-death encounter that will alter the course of their lives.
Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Historical Fiction
Independent Publisher Book Awards, Bronze Medal for Historical Fiction
IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, Silver Winner for Best First Book
NIEA Finalist for Literary Fiction, Finalist for Contemporary Novel
Global Ebook Awards Gold Medal for Historical Literature, Gold Medal for Multicultural Literature
Readers Favorite Annual Book Awards, Silver Medal for Fiction-Drama
IAN Book of the Year Award Finalist for Literary/General Fiction
Best Book Awards Finalist for Best New Fiction, Finalist for Historical Fiction
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I won this in a GOODREADS giveaway. Disturbing and intense story. Graphic, brutal, haunting.
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Tiger Pelt by Annabelle Kim takes us into the story of a time that was a savage and sometimes unforgiving time. You are taken into Korea when Japan was an occupying force. A young boy from a farm goes on a quest that will lead him into an adventure that takes him through the entire peninsula of Korea and all the way to crossing the Pacific. In a life running parallel to the young farm boy's, a young girl who is beautiful and vibrant is taken and forced to work as a 'comfort woman' for the Japanese forces. When a monsoon hits, two souls find themselves brought together and escaping death. The Korean War and the time before and after that is an era that is often overlooked by people. The simple fact that this book takes place in that particular era was attractive to me. Beyond that, Annabelle Kim has crafted a truly beautiful book here with compelling characters and a fantastic story. Some stories make you feel emotional when you read them; they draw you in and refuse to let you go, and for me this was one of them. It is a little hard for me to write this review simply because I don't feel any of my words can truly compare to the feeling this book gives me. Life has a way of bringing people together, but it can also pull them in directions they never thought they would go. If you want to be swept up in a book full of emotion and events that feel so real you can touch them, this is one book you should read.
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (12/16) “Tiger Pelt” by Annabelle Kim is set in Korea during the Japanese occupation, 1943-1945. The story traces the lives of two children, Kim and Lee. Even through all the hard times, each seeks a new life in America. Whereas Kim is ambitious, hard working, and doing well, Lee has a harder time due to lack of skills, motivation, and money. During his younger years, Kim Nam had to change his name from the Korean way to the Japanese way. It was a time of torture by teachers, class bullies, and Japanese toward the Koreans. School lessons were dropped and replaced by education on farming and animal husbandry, while the textbooks disappeared. Teachers instilled extreme physical exercise and the lack of food caused several students to collapse and die. One such student was Kim Nam’s younger sister. Even though his father immediately came to the school, the administrators just ignored him and said, “Get rid of the body.” Lee Hana fared no better. With all the healthy boys and men sent off to war, young girls were torn from their families to become entertainment for the Japanese soldiers. It was under the guise of the “Women’s Voluntary Service Corp,” that girls like her at age 12 endured travesties that no child should ever experience. When Lee could get home and tell her mother what happened, her mother was outraged and told her, “You should have killed yourself.” When both Kim and Lee make it to the United States Kim married his former mentor’s daughter. Lee continued her “entertainment” job. She married an American soldier who was black, and he continued the abuse. It was also during this time, that Lee’s husband sought out Kim and begged him to take care of Kim, as he wouldn’t do it anymore. Given that they had been childhood friends Kim felt he had no choice, even though it caused many problems in his own marriage and life. "Tiger Pelt" by Annabelle Kim was very well written, the characters are intriguing, and the story is spellbinding. Throughout the book, readers will learn what it was like to live during that turbulent time. It is a story that readers will not want to put down.
I read an advance reader's copy of Tiger Pelt almost a year ago, and the characters and their stories have stayed with me to this day. The book is in turn exciting, suspenseful, devastating, heartbreaking, and -- something most reviews have neglected to mention -- unexpectedly funny at key moments when you really need the relief. I will admit that some parts of the book made me cry--but I also laughed out loud at several parts (mudong); and there was one part where I literally jumped up and cheered (train). The writing is so vivid, fluidly shifting from passionate to urgent to chillingly matter of fact, to tender to dreamlike in order to best serve the story. The stories of two young people coming of age in the shadow of war are so compelling that I had a hard time putting the book down. Months later, I find myself thinking about the characters and imagining what they would be like today. Of course, the girl's story is the most poignant. After reading this book, I was compelled to learn more about the comfort women. In Hana, the author gives a face, a soul, and a survivor's heart to the literally hundreds of thousands of girls (as young as 10 years old) and women from Korea, China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia and the Netherlands who were kidnapped and enslaved into forced prostitution (euphemistically called "comfort women"). I learned that many of these women are still alive, and I believe their stories should not be ignored, glossed over, or denied as they so often are. The book also acknowledges the sacrifices of the American soldiers who played a part in Korea during the war. As I read the book, I was reminded of a quote on a plaque at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC that reads “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.” This book describes in part the Americans' experiences during the Korean War, their interactions with Koreans, the Koreans' impressions of them--it is culture shock on both sides. We see the Americans from the wide-eyed perspective of a young Korean boy--and their generosity, humor, bravery and kindness shine through every page. But this is really the boy's story. His journey, his determination and resourcefulness, his loyalty and love--his very personality--all were so fascinating and captivating that I found myself rooting for him and hoping for his success and happiness. I highly recommend this unforgettable, moving novel of survival, salvation, and love.