A story of generosity during the Korean War
Local author Ann Suk Wang will be sharing her moving debut picture book The House Before Falling Into the Sea. This is a beautifully told story of family and neighbors coming together during dark times. Ann Suk will read her book, answer questions from the audience, and then sign books. Best for ages 4+.
Masks are recommended for our events. If you can't make it to the event, you can order signed books in advance below.
About The House Before Falling Into the Sea:
A child and her family take in refugees during the Korean War in this poignant picture book about courage and what it really means to care for your neighbors.
Every day, more and more people fleeing war in the north show up at Kyung Tak and her family's house on the southeastern shore of Korea. With nowhere else to go, the Taks' home is these migrants' last chance of refuge "before falling into the sea," and the household quickly becomes crowded, hot, and noisy. Then war sirens cry out over Kyung's city too, and her family and their guests take shelter underground. When the sirens stop, Kyung is upset--she wishes everything could go back to the way it was before: before the sirens, before strangers started coming into their home. But after an important talk with her parents, her new friend Sunhee, and Sunhee's father, Kyung realizes something important: We're stronger when we have each other, and the kindness we show one another in the darkest of times is a gift we'll never regret.
About the author:
Ann Suk Wang, born in Korea, is a graduate of UCLA and Boston University in mass communications and a former journalist. She lives in California with a husband, two sons and a canine son. The House Before Falling Into the Sea is her first picture book.
Photo credit: Howard Min