The Voices of Heaven, a Love Story during the Korean War, by Maija Rhee Devine Wins a Finalist Honor in The 2013 USA Best Book Awards in Fiction/Historical/Multicultural

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A married couple's love is tested by the Confucian tradition of needing to produce a male baby in S. Korea during the Korean War. As they invite a mistress to live with them in order to do so, will the couple's love survive and triumph?

Imagine Romeo and Juliet living in married bliss. That’s how Gui-yong and Eum-chun enjoy life in Korea in 1949. Soon, they must accept the unthinkable--invite a woman into their home to bear them a necessary male child. Why did every family in that culture require a male child? Male children ensured their parents' and ancestors' welfare not only in this life but in the next. Their daughter, Mi-na, knows her being a girl has caused her family's disaster. The Korean War breaks out, tears flesh and souls. The separated couple wage a private war to keep their love ablaze in this life and in the next.

A review: "It’s a realistic sketch of a Korea that few Westerners have seen . . . . Each of [the characters’] stories is rich with emotion, and their problems give the novel depth and complexity. . . . achingly beautiful. A complex, uniquely Korean love story that shouldn’t be missed.” -- Kirkus Reviews

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