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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (180 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hyejin Kim Narrator: Ruth Oakes Publisher: Cleis Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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Timely and unique, Jia is the first novel about present-day North Korea to be published in the West. It is easily a YA crossover novel as Jia follows the adventures of an orphaned young woman, Jia in the 1970s and 1980s - bitterly tumultuous times for North Korea and China. Jia has the grace of a dancer but the misfortune of coming from a politically suspect family.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate McCormack | 2/15/2014

    " Very inspiring book - I recommended to all my friends. This book is honest, eye opening and a tear jerker. Jia's story pulls at your hear and is written with the voice of a true heroine that has had to endure many battles. I love Jia, it is honest and pure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belebe | 2/6/2014

    " It captivated me right from the start, may be that's because I've always been curious about North Korea and its people. As I read the last page, I couldn't help but feel that the story is incomplete... I want to know if Jia managed to find Sangwon and finally get in touch with her grand parents and sister again! I hope there'll be a sequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annelida | 2/2/2014

    " Fantastic read! I loved this book, this story. It really touched me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 2/2/2014

    " My first glimpse into North Korea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/25/2014

    " This book was incredibly eye-opening and humbling. This woman is younger than me and has experienced and witnessed such horrific acts performed by her fellow human beings. I had no concept of North Korea's political and socioeconomic situation until I read this book. The ending left me wanting to know more about Jia's life, and wishing for a different ending for many of the people she has encountered thus far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 1/21/2014

    " Read this before I head to South Korea this week just to get some understanding of Korean culture, etc. Devoured it in 1 day at the expense of sleep and school but it was more than worth it. It is straightforward, honest, and gives an amazing look into the lives of North Koreans and refugees to China. I particularly enjoyed the authors focus on how life moves on, that when horrible things happen to us the human spirit doesn't always wail and wallow but silently mourns and then repairs. I also liked the main character's fiery spirit even in situations where you think it might just be best for her to go along with the situation, with the result that sometimes things are made worse by her fighting, but sometimes things are made better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 1/16/2014

    " Very well written. I found it disturbing and rather depressing. I learned a lot about Korea ( North and South) which is why it was disturbing and depressing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Shevory | 1/12/2014

    " This was a great book. While the writing wasn't outstanding and there were some plot issues, I found that I struggled to put this book down. I wanted to know what would happen next in this compelling story of a young woman's escape from North Korea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/30/2013

    " Fascinating real life story of a young girl growing up in tensious North and South Korean conflicts. Tales of her upbringing infused with family shame associated with class and tales of her daring escape into China and horrific lifestyles that allowed her freedom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Nevins | 12/28/2013

    " I knew nothing about North Korea before I read this book. While reading it I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn't the 1800's! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/23/2013

    " Good story - very fast read. Although this is a fiction book, it is based on the author's research of North Korean refugees. I don't know much about North Korea but I imagine the book is accurate in the depiction of what people go through to get out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 12/22/2013

    " Not super well-written but nonetheless valuable for its context, contemporary North Korea (one that's quite underrepresented in English language fiction). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phy | 10/29/2013

    " This book is quite a page turner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sun | 5/23/2013

    " Novel format but very touching story of the life of a North Korean woman as she passes through various realms of social ranks in North Korea and 'run-away' in China "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 4/11/2013

    " SO GOOD!!! Mkaes you realize how messed up things can be and how lucky we all are to be Americans "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valarie | 1/12/2013

    " I was really excited to read this novel, the first of its kind published in English and based on the experiences of North Korean defectors. While the story is engaging, the organization of the plot and the development of characters left much to be desired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 12/20/2012

    " Sad story about the life of people living in North Korea, but the story doesn't flow very well- which is understandable since English is the author's second language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 11/8/2012

    " compelling story about an heroic woman who prevails over an oppressive society in North Korea. this book would have been a lot more readable with a more artful translation. "

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