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A searing story of starvation and survival in North Korea, followed by a dramatic escape, rescue by activists and Christian missionaries, and success in the United States thanks to newfound faith and courage
Inside the hidden and mysterious world of North Korea, Joseph Kim lived a young boy’s normal life until he was five. Then disaster struck: the first wave of the Great Famine, a long, terrible ordeal that killed millions, including his father, and sent others, like his mother and only sister, on desperate escape routes into China. Alone on the streets, Joseph learned to beg and steal. He had nothing but a street-hardened survival instinct. Finally, in desperation, he too crossed a frozen river to escape to China.
There a kindly Christian woman took him in, kept him hidden from the authorities, and gave him hope. Soon, through an underground network of activists, he was spirited to the American consulate, and became one of just a handful of North Koreans to be brought to the U.S. as refugees. Joseph knew no English and had never been a good student. Yet the kindness of his foster family changed his life. He turned a new leaf, became a dedicated student, mastered English, and made it to college, where he is now thriving thanks to his faith and inner strength. Under the Same Sky is an unforgettable story of suffering and redemption.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Joseph Kim was born in North Korean in 1990. In 2007 he came to the United States where he completed high school. He is currently a college student in New York City.
STEPHAN TALTY is a widely published journalist who has contributed to the New York Times Magazine , GQ, Men’s Journal, Time Out New York, Details , and many other publications. He is the author of Escape from the Land of Snows, the best-selling Empire of Blue Water, The Illustrious Dead , and Mulatto America .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bravo for letting the world see life in this closed society. All it's brutally and failed social policy that imprisons and starves citizens both children and adults alike. Great read!
Wow! What an Amazing story of what life was like growing up in North Korea for Joseph Kim. This book makes me feel very grateful to have been born in the USA. It makes me hurt for the North Korean people. To anyone feeling bad about their life in America, read this book! I Guarantee it will leave you feeling truly blessed to be in this country. Joseph Kim's story will stay with me for a long time, and I wish him much happiness and good health for the rest of his life. God Bless Him!