A border-crosser’s tale (a brief review of Hyejin Kim’s novel, Jia)

Hyejin Kim: Jia – a novel of North Korea
Cleis Press, 2007
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A novel about a talented dancer from the wrong family background who finds she needs to escape across the border to China.

Those who have shown an interest in the reports from Amnesty International and Christian Solidarity Worldwide will not be surprised at some of the material described in this book, which is the outcome of the author’s human rights work with North Korean refugees in Northern China. Apart from the (relatively) happy ending, this short, well-written novel has a ring of authenticity.

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