Novel set mainly on CRETE past and present
The Book of Dead Birds
Location(s): San Diego, The Salton Sea
Era(s): 20th Century
Hye-yang is a dutiful daughter in a Korean village where the women are ocean divers. But prostitution awaits her until an American takes her over to live in the States. Here she becomes Helen, and has a daughter – with her dark skin, Ava Sing Lo looks black, is half-Korean, and never feels comfortable with either identity. Somehow Ava inadvertantly kills birds, documented by her Mother and decides to compensate somehow by joining an action group at The Salton Sea, rescuing pelicans, and here she can begin to discover who she really is.
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