Our Happy Time

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A young woman who has tried to commit suicide three times, an old nun who is her aunt and who helps people on death row, and a young death row inmate who knows he will die one day. The story starts off with Yujeong; as she recovers from trying to commit suicide, she agrees to help her aunt, who is a nun, for a month instead of going to counseling. She will go with her aunt to the local detention center where they keep death row inmates, and work with her aunt as she ministers to them. There they meet young Yunsu, who at first he feels he does not need help. Over time, as they both try to heal from their past, Yujeong sees that she is similar to Yunsu and maybe they are not so different

This is not an easy book to read, in that it is very emotional all the way around, from the short glimpses we get of Yunsu’s hard life to the trauma that Yujeong suffered through and that her family refuses to admit ever happened. The chapters are short, the writing is accessible, and the characters are memorable. Be prepared for a moving ending.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Atria Books/Marble Arch Press
Publish Date 2014-Jul-01
ISBN 9781476730455
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Issue November 2014
Category Modern Literature


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