White Chrysanthemum - Mary Lynn Bracht

White Chrysanthemum

By Mary Lynn Bracht

  • Release Date: 2018-01-30
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 95 Ratings


For fans of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko and Lilac Girls, the heartbreaking history of Korea is brought to life in this deeply moving and redemptive debut that follows two sisters separated by World War II.

Korea, 1943. Hana has lived her entire life under Japanese occupation. As a haenyeo, a female diver of the sea, she enjoys an independence that few other Koreans can still claim. Until the day Hana saves her younger sister from a Japanese soldier and is herself captured and transported to Manchuria. There she is forced to become a “comfort woman” in a Japanese military brothel. But haenyeo are women of power and strength. She will find her way home.

South Korea, 2011. Emi has spent more than sixty years trying to forget the sacrifice her sister made, but she must confront the past to discover peace. Seeing the healing of her children and her country, can Emi move beyond the legacy of war to find forgiveness?

Suspenseful, hopeful, and ultimately redemptive, White Chrysanthemum tells a story of two sisters whose love for each other is strong enough to triumph over the grim evils of war.


  • Beautiful story that brings a terrible history to light

    By 43157ine
    This story was wonderfully written. The author does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and she tells of unspeakable acts on Korean women during WW II from the Japanese. I had no idea about this history. The author not only described the horrors endured by one of the main characters but she also described the hardships of living in Korea during that time, even if not kidnapped by the Japanese. This is a story that will stay with me for a while.
  • White Chrysanthemum

    By Indesign82
    Once in awhile, we select a book that cannot be put down. White Chrysanthemum is one of those page turners. It is a heartfelt look into our history of women and the hard lives they too have endured during wars and I am sure, sadly continues today.