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House of the Winds

Published by Interlink Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

1960s Korea. A girl stands in the middle of the sunny cabbage patch with her mother. The air is full of butterflies (the souls of little children in afternoon naps) and secrets (though they were not secrets at the time). House of the Winds is a portrait of a family whose lives have been deeply affected by the tumultuous long years of Japanese rule and the Korean War. And it is the story of one mother and one daughter. Young Wife is a magic-wand mother who tells stories of the time when tigers smoked pipes. One day her white summer blouse runs deep red, mango-red and azalea pink. Who knows from where this sudden sadness sprouted? Her youngest daughter is our guide through this world in which an American electric iron is so powerful it sets off a coup d'état. The daughter begins to see "how Korean women, descendents of the she-bear woman and the son of the king of heaven, lived in the folds of history...laughing, wailing, spirit-cajoling, poetry-writing, tear-hiding, bosom-bracing, scheming, fire-breathing."

About The Author

Mia Yun was born and grew up in Korea. She was educated at Hankuk University in Seoul and City College in New York, where she now lives. This is her first novel.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Interlink Books (January 1, 1999)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781566563055

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"Her imagination flowers into startling fresh imagery. Her sentences are pure, simple and exquisitely shaded."

– Cynthia Ozick

"Yun's first novel is a warm and vivid reminiscence of the relationship between a girl and her mother... Eloquently written in a language that is both metaphorical and poetic, this is an excellent addition to the series."

"This is a novel full of beautiful and vivid descriptions: the shape of fruit, the play of light, the sensuous qualities of water, warmth, and touch."

"The Story bends and weaves its colors like a needle creating an embroidery... It is richly written and starkly written, a charming and terrifying read."

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