Author: Park Kyong-ni
Translators: Choonwon Kang, et. al.
Order No. 1018
5.5 x 8.5, Paperback
320 pages, 2004
Songsu Kim is orphaned when his father runs away from home
and her mother takes poison. Raised by his uncle, he inherits the family
pharmacy and later invests in a small fishing fleet. He marries Punshi
of his uncle's choosing and has five daughters, but curse is the undercurrent
of their lives - the eldest daughter by an allegation of baby murder;
the second daughter by a failed love affair; the third by insanity resulting
from her shameless pursuit of personal happiness; and the fourth by a
grave misfortune at sea. Intriguing and engaging, The Curse of Kim's Daughters
takes a fascinating look at the vast evolution of the Korean society in
the first half of the 20th century.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in 1926, Park Kyong-ni is one of the most accomplished
writers in Korea. Park is best known for her voluminous novel Land
(1994), which is a powerful rendition of one family's saga through Korea's
dark history in the first half of the 20th century. Her other major works
include A Floating Island (1959), The Curse of Kim's Daughters
(1962), and The Marketplace and the Battlefield (1964). She is currently
at work on a new novel called Butterfly.