Stars Between the Sun and Moon

Stars Between the Sun and Moon

One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom

Book - 2015
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An incredible memoir of North Korea by a woman who defied the government to keep her family alive. Born in 1970s North Korea, Lucia Jang grew up in a typical household--her parents worked in the factories and the family scraped by on rationed rice and a small garden. Nightly, she bowed to her photo of Kim Il-Sung. But it was the beginning of a chaotic period with a decade-long famine resulting in more than a million deaths. In this harsh time, Jang married an abusive man who sold their baby. She left him and went home to help her family by illegally crossing the river to China to trade goods. She was caught and imprisoned twice. After giving birth to a second child, which the government ordered to be killed, she escaped with him, fleeing under gunfire across the Chinese border. This stunning demonstration of love and courage reflects the range of experiences many North Korean women have endured--loss of a child, starvation, imprisonment, and trafficking.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2015
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393249224
Characteristics: 280 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: McClelland, Susan


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Jul 06, 2020

Great read. A real eye opener !

Much has been written lately about life in North Korea, but if you only want to read one book, read this one.

“Filled with details about life within an idiosyncratic and dangerous regime, this memoir reflects the hardships many North Korean women have endured — loss of a child, starvation, imprisonment, trafficking — but it is Lucia Jang’s extraordinary will to live and to protect her family that drives her past every obstacle in a stunning demonstration of love and courage.”

Best. Book. Ever. Keep the box (or two) of Kleenex near by. (Submitted by Monika)

debpak Apr 26, 2016

A must read. We need to raise global awareness about human injustice in NK. Im so glad I got to meet Lucia Jang. What a strong and brave woman and mother.

Jun 25, 2015

It is a true story written by a North Korean woman to survive human trafficking to China and in a labour camp. A must read book!

Mar 14, 2015

A shocking and heart-wrenching true story. A must-read.

Homa7 Dec 30, 2014

This is a real life story of a North Korean woman who escaped her homeland through lots of suffering and hard effort. For years she kept crossing the river and faced human trafficking, starvation, imprisonment and a lifetime of ruthless hardship in her relentless search for food, while striving to care for those she loved. A must read book.


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