Han Glassman was born in Korea and grew up under the Japanese occupation, where she was forced to speak Japanese or be beaten, and suffered from starvation. As a result o fthe Second World War and the Korean War, she lost her two elder sisters and her entire college class. In America, she met a Romanian Jew named Frederic, a Holocaust survivor and refugeenamed Frederic, a Holocaust survivor and refugee from Communism who shared her loveof music and literature. Their wartime experiences, commitment to family, and education held them together through a difficult immigrant experience. Though she losthim recently, they had two daughters and three grandchildrennamed after their beloved father and grandfather. Hanalso has a daughter in Korea and two grandchildren there. She writes in English so that people in the West can understand what happened in Asia during these wars.This book is the product of a family, written by a woman who lost her own first family and then built a new one. Consistingof lyrical poetry interwoven with prose, it is atwentieth-century story: A story of war, loss, immigration, and then the gradual transition to a new world of electronics, computers, acceleration in the pace ofeverything--and loneliness. The book has been a life-long work of the author's, edited first by herhusband and then, as they grew up and matured, by herdaughters. With its deft hand and unfailing delicacyof image, the book is reminiscent of haiku. Itsauthor has always believed that a family is like a person. Ifone person is gone, what remains is like a person without ahand, or a heart.