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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.

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In 1995, Nora Okja Keller received the Pushcart Prize for "Mother Tongue", a piece that is part of Comfort Woman.

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Comfort Woman
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Rethinking Japanese and Korean history
May 25th, 2015
This book was touching and deeply impressive. This book is not only the story of a Korean woman who was forced to prostitution by Japanese soldiers during world war II, but it is also a beautiful story about the love between a mother and a daughter. The beginning of the book was quite confusing for me, such as the mental state of Akiko being traumatized after living in those camps. But the more the story unfold infront of me, the more I understood and was impressed. Very good book. Highly recommended.
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