As many of you may know, I have a strong penchant for feminist fiction – especially, international feminist fiction. Through Kirabo, we have our eyes opened to…… Read more “Book Review: The First Woman”
I originally came to my critique with a feminist pitchfork. And, while female autonomy within a patriarchal society is an important theme, I think this book is principally about antipathy and the friendships that can be found in accepting one another as we are. Friends are the family we choose.
Following the life of Kim Jiyoung (surprise surprise), and those of her relatives, this title follows the progression of feminism in South Korea, spanning three generations. Readers are invited to become a fly on the wall of a typical Korean household and observe how from birth women and men are treated with such disparity.