The Picture Bride

by Lee Geum-yi


Could you marry a man you've never met? Three Korean women in 1910 make a life-changing journey to Hawaii where they will marry, having seen only a photograph of their intended husbands. Different fates await each of these women.

Hong-ju, who dreams of a marriage of 'natural love', meets a man who looks twenty years older than his photograph; Song-hwa, who wants to escape from her life of ridicule as the granddaughter of a shaman, meets a lazy drunkard. And then there's Willow, whose 26-year-old groom, Taewan, looks just like his image ...Real life doesn't always resemble a picture, but there's no going back. And while things don't turn out quite as they'd hoped, even for Willow, they do find something that makes their journey worthwhile - each other.

'A fascinating journey into the world of Korean "picture brides" whose lives take unexpected turns as they land on distant shores. A beautiful testimony to those women bold and determined enough to leave behind all that was familiar, seeking a better life.

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 320 Pages
Imprint: Scribe Publications
Published: Oct 2022
ISBN: 9781922310859

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