New Adoptee Book

Thanks to the K@W list for the tip on this one.  Here’s what looks to be a new KAD memoir.  Happy reading.  G.S.

Author takes readers on a trail of discovery
Article Created: 01/05/2008 07:15:31 AM PST

Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home

By Kim Sunee
Hanchette Book Group, $22
7 p.m. Jan. 14
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.

In 1973, a 3-year-old child was seated by her mother on a bench in a
crowded South Korean marketplace. She was given a piece of bread and
told not to move until the mother came back for her. Three days
later, a policeman removed the child from the bench and took her to
an orphanage.

Months later, the little girl was adopted by an American serviceman
and his wife and taken to their home in Louisiana. Thus unfolds the
tale of a woman’s search for her identity; her attempt to find out
where she “belonged.”

Now because the little girl grew up in New Orleans, and because her
adopted grandfather centered family activities around the table, and
this was how the little girl and the grandfather bonded, most
chapters end with recipes.

Sunee moved to Europe during college, studying in France and Sweden
and learning different languages. She met a voracious and gregarious
older man, separated from his wife, who has a young daughter. She
became not only his mistress, but also his hostess.

Days revolve around entertaining, menu planning, shopping for food,
cooking food, serving food. She was with him a number of years and
then realized that what little personal sense of herself that she has
was being

vacuumed out by her situation. She began therapy, left the man,
learned to support herself, found a succession of other partners,
went to French Guiana, and started to learn how to find more
stability in herself.
Parts of this book are just over-the-top amazing: the sensual food,
the rich clothes, the luxurious trips all over the world. Parts
really spoke to me; how many of us wonder how we fit into our
families, who we are like, how did we get so different from our other
relatives? And, what if on top of all the questions that children who
are with their biological parents have, the child is from a different
race and a different continent? Why don’t our parents understand us?
Is there something “wrong” with us? What will our future bring? I
suspect that these are universal questions and the combination of
Sunee’s glamorous life as well as her search for self is what makes
this such an interesting read.

Sunee lived in Europe for more than 10 years and now lives in the
American South and is a food editor for a magazine. The recipes are
varied, enticing and from all over the world.


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