This Burns My Heart
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Immigrant stories have an important place in American fiction, and this Korean one has a fresh twist. Soo Ja Choi wants to be a diplomat, but her family of prominent factory owners won't help her, since it involves moving to Seoul and going to school, which would ruin her reputation. Instead, they push her to pick one of two suitors, but she chooses the wrong one — a dishonorable man with a family who is not only mean, but bad at business. And though she does not want to emigrate to solve
Immigrant stories have an important place in American fiction, and it seems one of the growth areas has been Korean narratives. In Park's new novel, Soo Ja Choi wants to be a diplomat, but that involves moving to Seoul and going to school. There's no way her family, prominent factory owners, are going to allow a single woman to possibly ruin her reputation in this matter. It becomes important that she marry well, and she winds up with two suitors. In a sad turn of events, she makes a bad
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