Blood Sisters


By Kim Yideum
Translated by Ji yoon Lee

A woman in 1980s Korea struggles to understand her identity and live an authentic life in the face of injustice.

Publication Date: June 11, 2019

Paperback: 9781941920770
Ebook: 9781941920787

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Blood Sisters tells the story of Jeong Yeoul, a young Korean college student in the 1980’s, when the memory of President Chun Doohwan’s violent suppression of student demonstrations against martial law was still fresh. Yideum captures with raw honesty the sense of dread felt by many Korean women during this time as Jeong struggles in a swirl of misguided desires and hopelessness against a society distorted by competing ideologies, sexual violence, and cultural conservatism. Facing this helplessness, her impulse is to escape into the world of art. Blood Sisters is a vivid, powerful portrayal of a woman’s efforts to live an authentic life in the face of injustice.

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Chosen as Asymptote‘s May Book Club Pick!

“Yideum is primarily a poet and this is evident in the texture and sensuality of her prose, skillfully translated by Ji Yoon Lee.” — Asymptote

“Unapologetically feminist… The novel has as much to say about the contemporary #MeToo era as it does ‘80s South Korea.” — Spectrum Culture