Maija Rhee Devine The Voices of Heaven

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The Voices of Heaven

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A tale of one family's varied and imperfect manifestations of love during the throes of the Korean War and its aftermath.

During the final years of the Japanese Occupation, when most Korean brides and grooms were married sight unseen, Gui-yong and Eum-chun strike gold by finding a love as sweet as sticky rice. But their love for each other and for their secretly adopted daughter is not enough, as they must soon accept the impossible a mistress moving in to bear Gui-yong the male child deemed necessary in a society still smoldering in Confucianism. After the Korean War drives the family apart, it falls on the shoulders of their adopted daughter, Mi-Na, to figure out how to keep her parents love burning through this life and into the next and ultimately make sense of the past.

Flowing from her firsthand experience of growing up in Seoul during the Korean War, Maija Rhee Devine's novel reveals uniquely Korean colors and sounds as she leads readers through an extraordinary love story that parallels the tragedies of the war.

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About the Author:

Maija Rhee Devine, a Korean-born writer whose fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Boulevard, North American Review, The Kenyon Review, and anthologies, holds a BA in English from Sogang University in Seoul and an MA in English from St. Louis University. Writing honors include an NEA grant and nominations for a Pushcart Prize and an O. Henry Award.

The author is married to Michael J. Devine, the director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, MO.

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Maija Devine writes with a grace and illuminating power that is very rare. She manages to capture the fault line between cultures and languages desperately trying to connect and make sense of each other while remaining faithful to themselves. Her skill and promise are enormous; the power of her narrative art rewards any reader. --David H. Lynn, editor of The Kenyon Review

Maija Devine's inspiring storytelling in The Voices of Heaven gives voice to the countless voiceless ones who have gotten swept along in the dire necessities of nation-building and war in South and North Korea over the past half-century. This is a beautiful book about wars waged at the most intimate levels imaginable for basic rights of freedom and self-determination. Each page is like a carefully carved open doorway into this still secret corner of the world and the lives of the women and men who somehow endured the very personal tragedies captured here. --Michael Pritchett, associate professor in the English/MFA Program in Creative Writing and Media Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Maija Devine's first novel fills a gap in English-language fiction by painting an authentic portrait of Korea. The story's characters are ordinary Koreans of their time people with strong emotions, a commitment to family, respect for tradition, and, less laudably, discriminatory attitudes toward women. The dialogue is lively and crisp and the descriptions of daily life evoke the very sights, sounds, and smells of traditional Korea. This book is truly a joy to read. --Kongdan Oh, author of seven nonfiction books on Korea and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

Maija Devine's inspiring storytelling in The Voices of Heaven gives voice to the countless voiceless ones who have gotten swept along in the dire necessities of nation-building and war in South and North Korea over the past half-century. This is a beautiful book about wars waged at the most intimate levels imaginable for basic rights of freedom and self-determination. Each page is like a carefully carved open doorway into this still secret corner of the world and the lives of the women and men who somehow endured the very personal tragedies captured here. --Michael Pritchett, associate professor in the English/MFA Program in Creative Writing and Media Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Maija Devine s first novel fills a gap in English-language fiction by painting an authentic portrait of Korea. The story s characters are ordinary Koreans of their time people with strong emotions, a commitment to family, respect for tradition, and, less laudably, discriminatory attitudes toward women. The dialogue is lively and crisp and the descriptions of daily life evoke the very sights, sounds, and smells of traditional Korea. This book is truly a joy to read. --Kongdan Oh, author of seven nonfiction books on Korea and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

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