If You Leave Me

If You Leave Me

A Novel

Book - 2018
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An emotionally riveting debut novel about war, family, and forbidden love, the unforgettable saga of two ill-fated lovers in Korea and the heartbreaking choices they're forced to make in the years surrounding the civil war that still haunts us today. When the communist-backed army from the north invades her home, sixteen-year-old Haemi Lee, along with her widowed mother and ailing brother, is forced to flee to a refugee camp along the coast. For a few hours each night, she escapes her family's makeshift home and tragic circumstances with her childhood friend, Kyunghwan. Focused on finishing school, Kyunghwan doesn't realize his older and wealthier cousin, Jisoo, has his sights set on the beautiful and spirited Haemi, and is determined to marry her before joining the fight. But as Haemi becomes a wife, then a mother, her decision to forsake the boy she always loved for the security of her family sets off a dramatic saga that will have profound effects for generations to come. Richly told and deeply moving, If You Leave Me is a stunning portrait of war and refugee life, a passionate and timeless romance, and a heartrending exploration of one woman's longing for autonomy in a rapidly changing world.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062645173
9780062645180
Branch Call Number: KIM
Characteristics: 417 pages ; 22 cm

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cysmc Apr 27, 2018

Wow what a downer of a book. I gave it 1.5 stars for the beautiful and descriptive writing but that was not enough to save it in my opinion. I was unlucky enough to get a copy of this as an ARC and promptly tossed it into the trash at the airport when I was through. Depressing from start to finish.

However, if you love beautifully written books and don't mind the lack of happy ending after investing quite a bit of time in a bleak story, then give it a try!

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