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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sneaky-Peeky Sunday: This Burns My Heart


As part of the Sneaky-Peeky Sunday, an initiative by The Book Worm, here's the page of this amazing book This Burns My Heart by author Samuel Park that I am reading right now.

'...to Min and her. She knew Father-in-Law so well by now, she could tell when he lied - it was the only time he ever smiled.
"You've said a lot of harsh words to me in the past, but I forgive you. I forgive you because I am a good person. You, on the other hand, you still have much to learn, but I can teach you to be a humble, obedient daughter-in-law."
Soo-Ja turned to Min then, as she was about to respond. She expected to see triumph in his eyes, but she found only sorrow. And that's what made her voice quiver, when she finally said, one more time, "Yes, Father."
Father-in-law then dismissed her with a nod of his head.

When Hana went into the bathroom of the suite to take a shower, Soo-Ja and Min found themselves alone again. They looked at each other with apprehension in their eyes, sensing this might be the prologue to another stage of their lives. It would be easy to follow this road, and live in America, and work for Min's parents, and go on with things as they always had. Still, something in the air did not feel right, and it emanated from Min. Soo-Ja thought of the look of grief in his face during her conversation with his father. She saw how hurt him, to see her already abased like that.
"Why did you do that?" Min finally asked, sitting on the bed.
The only sound, other than his voice, came from the shower in the next room.
"Do what?" Soo-Ja asked, busying herself with pulling blankets and pillows out of the closet.
"Lower yourself like that."
"I had no choice, Min."
"What happened to you? You used to fight them. You used to stand up to them."
"Maybe I'm tired."
"I made a mistake, didn't I? Bringing you two here?"

- Debolina Raja Gupta