I recently signed with Folio Literary Management in New York to represent my “newest” book, The Comfort Station. I’ve been working on this manuscript for nine years and am very excited to have Folio managing it. Here’s a synopsis:
1942. The thirty-second year of Japanese occupation in Korea and tens of thousands of young women have disappeared from the peninsula. Like so many others, Ki-Hwa Kim’s parents imposed a lifelong seclusion on their only daughter, but a tragic error in judgment ended their cautious life.
Forced into sexual slavery as a ‘comfort woman’ for the Japanese Army, Ki-Hwa is shipped to the South Pacific island fortress of Rabaul to be the mistress of a legendary Cavalry Officer while Allied Forces pummel the island and an invasion is inevitable. Paranoia grips the island when Admiral Yamamoto, the architect of Pearl Harbor, is killed in an Allied ambush shortly after leaving Rabaul.
Within this chaos, life for Ki-Hwa and hundreds of others in the comfort stations is survival of the fittest. Once a farm girl fiercely protected by a loving family, Ki-Hwa discovers people are callous, sadistic, and deceitful and must find the strength to resist the mighty and unforgiving Empire along with her one true friend. But when an imposter threatens to unravel the comfort women’s carefully laid plans she is forced to make an impossible choice.