Fox Girl

Fox Girl Nora Okja Keller burst onto the literary scene in with the publication of her first novel Comfort Woman Chosen by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best books of the year Comfort Woman was ha

  • Title: Fox Girl
  • Author: Nora Okja Keller
  • ISBN: 9780670030736
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nora Okja Keller burst onto the literary scene in 1997 with the publication of her first novel, Comfort Woman Chosen by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best books of the year, Comfort Woman was hailed by Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times as a lyrical and haunting novel that combines the familial intimacy of Louise Erdrich s early novels with the fierce historicaNora Okja Keller burst onto the literary scene in 1997 with the publication of her first novel, Comfort Woman Chosen by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best books of the year, Comfort Woman was hailed by Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times as a lyrical and haunting novel that combines the familial intimacy of Louise Erdrich s early novels with the fierce historical magic of Toni Morrison s Beloved With her latest beautifully imagined and unflinchingly honest novel, Keller continues to explore the complex relationship between America and Korea Set in the aftermath of the Korean War, Fox Girl is the story of its forgotten victims, the abandoned children of American GIs who live in a world where life is about survival The fox girl is Hyung Jin, who is disowned by her parents and whose life revolves around her best friend, Sookie, a teenage prostitute kept by an American soldier, and Lobetto, a lost boy who makes a living running errands and pimping for neighborhood girls Nora Keller brings this world of young people at the edge of society who dream of coming to America to life in a way that is both horrifying and deeply moving Fox Girl is at once a rare portrait of the long term consequences of a neglected aspect of war and a moving story of the fierce love between a mother and her daughter that will ultimately redeem Hyung Jin s life in America.

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    1. After living in Korea for almost 2 years I thought I should read this book. I must say I wasn't happy with that decision until the very end.This book shows a very different view of Korea right after the "end" of the Korean War and how American's GIs treated the locals. In some parts the book got so dark and descriptive that it made me uncomfortable and sad. I kept reading it hoping that somehow there would be a resolve to all the wretchedness.Keller is definitely a talented writer and I must say [...]


    2. This book has some beautiful writing. The story is one depressing reading experience. Absolutely a downer. Professor Elaine Kim asserted that the first significant waves of Korean immigrants to the U.S. were able to immigrate because of their connections (often, in marriages) to members of the U.S. military. Given this story and what these women had to do to "avail" themselves to U.S. soldiers (and to possibly become wives), I'm all the more depressed.Two quotes:"In a way, Sookie did move in wit [...]


    3. Fox Girl is a brilliant "awareness novel", transporting the reader to 1960s Korea, where women trapped in a culture of prostitution struggle to survive in "America Town," serving the American soldiers on the local base. Narrated by the teenage Hyun Jin and focusing mainly on herself and friends Sookie and Lobetto, it shows how multiple generations are trapped into a cycle of exploitation, especially children of prostitutes and American soldiers. The characters and their lives are realistic; clea [...]


    4. cw in book: rape, assault, domestic abuse, prostitution, childhood sexual abuse, anti-blackness in korea, abandonment, etc dang. keller took on a helluva load to write this book. the intensity in which she moves through difficult moment to difficult moment to a heart-wrenching moment to a moment that i had to pull away from, at times, to pace around the house, caught in a daze of triggering scene-after-scene that catapulted me into my own traumas—i, phew. take pause while reading this. it is a [...]


    5. Good story, but this book stopped making sense several times and I didn't really relate well to the characters. It was very Lord of the Flies-esque.


    6. Currently taking a course in Asian-American Women Writers and this book was one of the required readings. With that being said, it has been a long time since I actually enjoyed a book I (had) to read.Extremely thrilling and informative of the harsh realities of kiji'chons. Character development of Hyun Jin, Sookie, and Lobetto is incredible. I still have scenes from the book in my mind. Would be very interested to see this being turned into a movie. And being from Hawaii, I whole heartedly appre [...]





    7. I was medium on this book when I first started, but by the end it managed to charm me. A rather harsh look at the lives people lead when they're trying to survive in horrible circumstances.


    8. I’m going to have to make an assumption where Fox Girl is concerned – namely, that the apparent success of this novel was due exclusively to the earlier success of Comfort Woman, Nora Okja Keller’s first novel, one portion of which she later titled “Mother Tongue.” That particular portion won her a Pushcart Prize. There are a few well-executed scenes in this novel, but they are indeed few and far between. Most of the action and dialogue is something I’ll call – for lack of a bette [...]


    9. I had to take my time with this book. The subject matter is hard. The subject matter is made even harder by the fact I am the mother of a thirteen-year-old girl--a girl who is older than some of the child prostitutes featured in this heart-breaking novel. I took my time with this book, and yet, I never turned away from it, because to do so would be to also turn away from the narrator; somehow I always believed the smart and empathetic Hyun Jin would find a way to survive the brutality of her wor [...]


    10. "Fox Girl" is the second book in Keller's series about Korea, the first being "Comfort Woman". This story primary centers around Hyun-Jin, a teen growing up in post-Korean War South Korea. She, along with her on-again, off-again friends Sookie and Lobetto survive the best they can in America Town, an area setup to service American G.I.s stationed in their country. Not surprisingly, prostitution plays a central role in this story, and Keller pulls no punches, especially with Hyun-Jin's deflowerin [...]


    11. Fantastic. This story is harshly informative, nicely written, and important to read. The lives Hyun Jin, Sookie, and Lobetto live are intensely disturbing. The characters draw you in, but still keep some distance. Somewhat guarded. Each character is profound. Hyun Jin's sheltered superiority becomes desperate strength. Sookies' desperation becomes self reliance. And Lobetto performs his despicable duty with a kind of naïve innocence. It’s all he has ever known.Fox Girl isn’t a preachy tirad [...]


    12. The story is pretty grim. There is a brutal rape scene and the characters have lives of unrelenting poverty, uncertainty and desperation. During the Korean and Vietnam Wars, US GIs were stationed in Korea. Korean girls/women would believe promises of being taken to America which did not happen. The Korean women were shunned as were their children. They became throw away people with only the sex trade open to them. What women and young girls did to survive is a horrific.I wanted to know how it tu [...]


    13. Just an amazing read. Stark, desolate and yet surrounded by hope and beautiful imagery. This is a fantastic read on the after effects of war, the mixing of populations, cultures and races and situations. A quick read that moves well, staying with one character but giving great insight into the other characters. The writing is just fabulous, and a book I would call a hidden gem."Other times, I think the maps of out lives are etched into vein and muscle and one and that mere words -- however inter [...]


    14. I couldn't put this book down. The characterizations Keller created completely captivated me. I missed them after finishing the book.(this is a test of really good fiction to me) Fox Girl is an historical novel based on a subject that is little known to most Americans - the culture surrounding American army bases in post-war Korea,and the mixed race children left behind. I will now move on to Keller's "Comfort Woman" - her first novel. I hope her third novel is published soon - can't wait to rea [...]


    15. Jin was really a fox girl. Very selfish character. I think she looked at people as 'what can i get from them/get them to do for me' without seeing them as individuals with their owns lives and troubles. Very cold-blooded. To everyone but Myu Myu. A plus though is that this book, just as when I had first learned of Ianfu (comfort women) in a SE Asian Studies class, was an eye opener. It's shameful that some of our troops go overseas and act like shameless dogs.


    16. This was a really good book. The subject matter was dark at times as it deals with teenage prostitution in Korea during the war. But the characters grow on you and I had to continue reading hoping they would prevail. Innocent victims. It mentions a sequel to this book which I will have to find and will probably read the authors other book Comfort Woman.


    17. This is a book I probably wouldn't have found on my own. It was required reading for my Diversity in Literature class. It is the middle book of a trilogy of women. Mother, daughers, grandaughters. It is about the Korean "comfort women" during the Korean war. Sad, graphic, but very interesting.


    18. Starts off really well with description of the lives of children of Korean prostitutes and American GIs, but once the children grow older, the story seems to spiral out of control and becomes less plausible-sounding (not in historical accuracy, or to describe the plight of girls and women, but in the choices the characters make).


    19. I read this years ago and I still think about it. It's the story of a "throwaway" children, of a Korean woman and American GI. It also examines the lives of poor women and children, who feel they have no alternative to prostitution. The book is graphic and violent, but never gratutitously so, and creates a strong and powerful story.


    20. Interesting topic about the Korean towns and "businesses" that exist around GI encampments in Korea during the war. Focuses on those multiracial kids that do not really belong either with their maternal Korean heritage or their GI fathers and what they do to survive. Extremely dark and too depressing for me.


    21. So, all through this book I could see that there couldn't possibly be a happy ending but I was really hoping for one anyway. And then when I got it, I was disappointed. Great book, but for me the ending was a bit of a cop-out.


    22. Eye openingThis is an excellent book. Fox Girl is set in a vivid, harsh world with a gut wrenching story line to match. It is hard to believe that this is the life many women are still being forced or born into. This book is a difficult glimpse at the darker side of humanity.


    23. One of the hardest novels I've ever read. Please steel yourself before attempting to read this book. I feel that it was definitely worth reading, but I question how prepared I was for many of the scenes.


    24. Interesting intro to the us-korean relations in the 60s. However very graphic scenes which i did not expect. I am interested in the sequel though. But as sookie said, only americans have happy endings.


    25. While I was a little disappointed with Comfort Woman, I loved Fox Girl. It was a fascinating look at Korea and the GIs after the Korean War. It certainly sheds some light on the present situation."Chazu said that stuff [cola] rots your teeth. Be healthy, drink beer." ~ Fox Girl


    26. I really wanted to take some cultural value from this book, but it was awful. In full disclosure, I quit about 40% into it. It just stayed amorphous for too long, and the gang rape scene seemed gratuitous.


    27. This book was not a great one. It was slow and uninteresting. The main character was selfish and horrible, which is understandable if it advances the story, but it didn't. The ending was boring and not gratifying.


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