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White Chrysanthemum

Narrated by: Greta Jung
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht, read by Greta Jung.

'Look for your sister after each dive. Never forget. If you see her, you are safe.'

Hana and her little sister Emi are part of an island community of haenyeo, women who make their living from diving deep into the sea off the southernmost tip of Korea.

One day Hana sees a Japanese soldier heading for where Emi is guarding the day's catch on the beach. Her mother has told her again and again never to be caught alone with one. Terrified for her sister, Hana swims as hard as she can for the shore.

So begins the story of two sisters suddenly and violently separated by war. Switchbacking between Hana in 1943 and Emi as an old woman today, White Chrysanthemum takes us into a dark and devastating corner of history. But pulling us back into the light are two women whose love for one another is strong enough to triumph over the evils of war.

A riveting, immersive read in the vein of The Kite Runner and Memoirs of a Geisha.

©2018 Mary Lynn Bracht (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"A hugely affecting, captivating read - I cried for most of the second half." ( Stylist)
"Beautifully written... In elegant but emotionally devastating prose Bracht conveys the heartbreaking impact of brutality and war upon women." ( Sunday Express)

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White Chrysanthemum

A truly amazing book completely spoilt by the narration of Greta Jung. Her appalling intonation and insensitive emphasis made me want to abandon listening to the book on several occasions. However, the compelling narrative forced me to continue; but I would definitely not recommend this audible version.

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This was an excellent but heart breaking book. I didn't know anything about the Comfort Girls. The audio book is beautifully presented.

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Totally gripping.

This book is written in such a clever style, I could barely put it down ! It has opened a wide door of history I knew nothing about and I felt such empathy with the characters.
I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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white chrysanthemum

excellent story very emoitonal at times I hope more people read this
beautifully told. thankyou

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I couldn't get into this book.

we all have our own choice of narrator. this one wasn't mine. I will be returning to audible