by Beemer (Kernville, CA): In this excellent debut novel, we go from the wilds of mountainous North Korea to the grit and gloss of Seoul. This historical fiction novel takes us from 1917 through 1965, during Korea’s fight to crawl out from under Japanese occupation. It’s 416 pages of love in the time of epic struggle for independence. The main characters come of age in a country finding its way. There are little girls who become courtesans and movie stars, street kids who become resistance fighters, rickshaw drivers who become scions of business, military men who give a little and take a lot. There are love stories that run their courses. I repeat: an excellent debut, highly recommended. Thanks to Ecco and NetGalley for an opportunity to read an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my opinion.