by Alana Terry
“I never woulda guessed a bowl of curst noodles could cause so much trouble.” ~ Woong, North Korea, age unknown
It all started with a curse. When Woong’s hunger drives him to steal the fancy meal set out by his superstitious mother, he invokes a shaman’s wrath. Soon afterwards, a flood ravages his home, ripping him from his parents and hurtling him into street life during the catastrophic North Korean famine of the 1990s.
Traveling from place to place in order to survive, Woong meets a grandmother whose faith in the Dear Leader enables her to wait patiently for the arrival of food aid, an uncle whose plot to take over a grain silo could land the whole family in prison camp, and a mysterious character who may or may not have an angelic blessing.
Woong’s journey is arduous, spanning several winters where cold and sickness are perils as deadly as starvation. Still, he holds on to hope of one day reversing the shaman’s curse and forging a new life of freedom and belonging.
This Book received a 4.5 Bark rating.
The author has said that this is the first of her books she will read to her children. I can totally see why. It's just the kind of story that begs to be read aloud and as a kid I would have loved to listen to this book read by my dad.
I've been a fan of Alana Terry's work for several years and each book just seems to get better and better. I know Flower Swallow is definitely going to be a favorite.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives Flower Swallow by Alana Terry a 4.5 Bark rating.