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Sumi Hahn

Biography

Sumi Hahn

Sumi Hahn was born in Korea and immigrated to the United States when she was a year old. A former English teacher, she got her Bachelor's in English literature from Harvard University and her Master's from UC Berkeley. She was a columnist for The Times Picayune in New Orleans and has written on food and music for various publications in Seattle. Sumi and her family now live in New Zealand but divide their time between Korea and New Zealand. THE MERMAID FROM JEJU is her first novel.

Sumi Hahn

Books by Sumi Hahn

by Sumi Hahn - Coming of Age, Fiction, Historical Fiction

In the aftermath of World War II, Goh Junja is a girl just coming into her own. She is the latest successful deep sea diver in a family of strong haenyeo. Confident she is a woman now, Junja urges her mother to allow her to make the Goh family's annual trip to Mt. Halla, where she falls in love with Yang Suwol. But when Junja returns one day later, it is just in time to see her mother take her last breath, beaten by the waves during a dive. With only her grandmother left and the perils of post-WWII overtaking her homelands, Junja must learn to navigate a tumultuous world unlike anything she’s ever known.