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White Chrysanthemum - Mary Lynn Bracht

4.5 Stars

Wow! This was definitely an eye opening read. Not only was it very interesting, poignant and moving, it was based on a real tragedy. I had absolutely no idea that "comfort women" had existed. Estimates of over 200,000 women were kidnapped from their homes & families and brought to brothels where they were brutalized, humiliated and made to service soldiers. Sometimes, 15 to 20 men a day. Estimates are many of these women were never seen again.

My heart ached for Hana and Emiko. The atrocities they suffered were severe and totally animal like.

The author did a great job in portraying these women. I enjoyed my time with them, meanwhile, my heart going out to them.

A beautifully written story about a horrible, horrible atrocity.

Thanks to Penguin Group Putnam and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.