This Burns My Heart
1960s South Korea was a postwar nation in a state of turmoil and transition, existing in the gap between a traditional agrarian society and a modern, industrial one. At 22, Soo-Ja is similarly caught between her family’s expectations and her own ideas for the future. Born into a culture that pits her desires against her duties, she must fight to reconcile the life she always wanted with the life she is forced to live. Equal parts classic romance, page-turning literary drama, and cultural history, This Burns My Heart asks poignant questions about life, love, and the paths we take. Samuel Park is an Assistant Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago and author of the novella Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
“This Burns My Heart is quietly stunning – a soft, fierce story that lingers in the mind.”