Comfort Woman

Comfort Woman

Possessing a wisdom and maturity rarely found in a first novelist, Korean-American writer Nora Okja Keller tells a heartwrenching and enthralling tale in this, her literary debut. Comfort Woman is the story of Akiko, a Korean refugee of World War II, and Beccah, her daughter by an American missionary. The two women are living on the edge of society--and sanity--in Honolulu, plagued by Akiko's periodic encounters with the spirits of the dead, and by Beccah's struggles to reclaim her mother from her past. Slowly and painfully Akiko reveals her tragic story and the horrifying years she was forced to serve as a comfort woman to Japanese soldiers. As Beccah uncovers these truths, she discovers her own strength and the secret of the powers she herself possessed--the precious gifts her mother has given her.

A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
In 1995, Nora Okja Keller received the Pushcart Prize for Mother Tongue, a piece that is part of Comfort Woman.

Title:Comfort Woman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780140263350
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    Comfort Woman Reviews

  • Daniel Clausen

    A Book that is about Far More than just HistoryThe comfort women issue—perhaps one of the most contentious and controversial subjects in Japanese-Korean relations—is the backdrop of this amazing n...

  • Siao

    Breathtaking: I had to reread certain passages, just to fully process how AMAZING this book truly was. Would recommend this to anyone. ...

  • Melissa

    Fantastically written, though incredibly sad. She does a stellar job at making the reader feel the difference in culture between a Korean mother and an American daughter, and really articulates the po...

  • Alex

    Oh goooodddd. There's a passage from this book that just about killed me. Killed me. I mean, if the whole book does nothing for you, then you are pretty much made of stone....

  • A.J. Llewellyn

    A devastating book - beautiful and painful. Hard to read...hard to put down....

  • Diversireads

    content warning: rape, sexual violence, sexual slavery, child neglectThis was a surprisingly easy novel to read despite its incredibly weighty topic. I'm taking an Asian American lit class this semest...

  • Aubrey

    To learn to be an American was to learn to waste. I picked this book up due to the phrase 'comfort woman' having been circulating around my head for some time. My lackluster rating compared to the ...

  • Paul Ataua

    It was a pretty powerful novel about the ties between a mother and a daughter, but it was a difficult read with the narrative switching not only between mother and daughter but also between present an...

  • Jesse Campagna

    Fought reading this because of the painful and ugly nature of the story. I cannot be more glad that I did. Inspiring and I think this book made me a better person. High praise. ...

  • Linda

    A selection in my postal book group. I've never heard of this book prior to its showing up in my mailbox. It involves a Korean mother and her daughter who escape from occupied Korea to Hawaii. The mot...