The Starlet and the Spy

The Starlet and the Spy

A Novel

Book - 2019
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February 1954. Although the Korean War armistice was signed a year ago, most citizens of Seoul still battle to return to some semblance of normalcy. Conditions are dismal. Children beg for food, and orphanages are teeming. Alice J. Kim, a Korean translator and typist for the American forces still sanctioned in the city, yearns for the life she used to live before her country was torn apart. Then Alice's boss makes an announcement--the American movie star Marilyn Monroe will be visiting Korea on a four-day USO tour, and Alice has been chosen as her translator. Though intrigued, Alice has few expectations of the job--what could she and a beautiful actress at the peak of her fame possibly have to talk about? Yet the Marilyn she meets, while just as dazzling and sensual as Alice expected, is also surprisingly approachable. As Marilyn's visit unfolds, Alice is forced into a reckoning with her own painful past. Moving and mesmerizing, The Starlet and the Spy is a beautiful portrayal of unexpected kinship between two very different women, and of the surprising connections that can change, or even save, a life.
Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062930262
Characteristics: 173, 8 pages ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kim, Chi-Young - Translator
Alternative Title: Marilyn and me.


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Feb 13, 2020

A well written novel that I did enjoy reading. It had highs and lows; a story of hope and despair, love and betrayal, perseverance and survival. The main characters life was filled with chaos. A great read.

Sep 05, 2019

If I'm being honest, the cover sold me on this book. More than 50 years after her death, Marilyn still shines and draws people in. This book reminded me of "My Week With Marilyn." The setting is drastically different, though. Another reason I picked up this historical fiction read was that it gives insight into the Korean War from a Korean author. Alice, our narrator, has been used up and spit out by the major players in the conflict. Her week hosting Marilyn dredges up her past experiences before and during the crisis. Will the time spent with the iconic Marilyn Monroe make an impact on Alice's life and her postwar plans? Read this book and immerse yourself in the 1950's Korea that Alice knew.

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