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The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee
The Surrendered jumps back and forth from 1950s Korea to 1980s New York City and 1930s China and tells the story of three people scarred by the horrors of war. June is an orphaned girl during the Korean War who was seen the death of her siblings. Hector, an American soldier who has witnessed torture and murder, leads June to an orphanage run by Sylvie. Sylvie watched the death of her missionary parents by Japanese soldiers in China. As the three of them move about their lives and meet their deaths, their actions and interactions affected each other's lives. Chang-rae Lee's novel has received positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "This is not a happy book, but it is a rewarding one. The Surrendered grabs your attention - sometimes terrifying you in the process - and doesn't let go until its final moment. For a book permeated by death, its pages are breathtakingly alive."