Weaving Korean folklore and history within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Catherine Chung delivers a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss and the conflict between loyalty and freedom. Forgotten Country marks the debut of a graceful, astonishing new voice in fiction, one with a quiet ferocity that will break your heart.
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- What were your general impressions of the book?
- Did you think about the title of the book at all? Did it shape your experience and thoughts while reading? How?
- Forgotten Country is filled with stories and folklore. How were these stories significant in shaping the lives and experiences of Janie and Hannah. Which of the stories resonated most with you?
- What kinds of questions did you have during your reading? Were they answered?
- What was your reaction to the way Janie’s story unfolded alongside her family’s secrets? Were you surprised by some of her revelations? How did her family’s relationship to the past shape her decisions?
- Did you get a sense of what the relationship would look like between Janie and her sister by the end of the novel? What was your understanding of their relationship by the end of the book, and how do you think they will move forward to their relationship?
- All of the relationships in the novel were complex, much like the knot theory Janie describes, how do you see things changing in the aftermath of Janie’s father’s death?
15 review copies of Forgotten Country were provided by Riverhead Books in order to facilitate this discussion. Thank you so much!