The Loved Ones

The Loved Ones

A Novel

Book - 2016
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In this masterful novel of inheritance and loss, Sonya Chung (Long for This World) proves herself a worthy heir to Marguerite Duras, Hwang Sun-won, and James Salter. Spanning generations and divergent cultures, The Loved Ones maps the intimate politics of unlikely attractions, illicit love, and costly reconciliations. Charles Lee, the young African American patriarch of a biracial family, seeks to remedy his fatherless childhood in Washington, DC, by making an honorable choice when his chance arrives. Years later in the mid-1980s, uneasy and stymied in his marriage to Alice, he finds a connection with Hannah Lee, the teenage Korean American caregiver whose parents' transgressive flight from tradition and war has left them shrouded in a cloud of secrets and muted passion. A shocking and senseless death will test every familial bond and force all who are touched by the tragedy to reexamine who their loved ones truly are--the very meaning of the words. Haunting, elliptical, and powerful, The Loved Ones deconstructs the world we think we know and shows us the one we inhabit.
Publisher: United States : Relegation Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9780984764846
Branch Call Number: CHUNG S
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 16, 2016

This story is about divergent values and makeup of relationships told touchingly and gently. A young son drowns under the watch of the babysitter who is fondly considered by the father of the boy. The babysitter is banished by her Korean parents, the father writes her letters over the years, the boy's parents split, and life goes on with other revealing truths. I would call it an engaging book yet perhaps one easy to forget. Chung cleverly takes us into the hearts of its characters.


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