This book is about a coming of age of a young woman trapped in a war-torn city of Seoul with her family in the 1950s. It’s an educational and a fascinating read about the Korean War. Not much information is available on what happened in Seoul during the war, so this autobiographical novel allows a rare glimpse of what the civilians went through during this time. Park Wan-suh is important for the ways in which her writings is at once popular (nearly all her works are best-sellers) and canonical. She is widely discussed in Korean academia, and she has become the subject of a number of dissertations. While this is also the case for many male writers. Park Wan-suh may have combined the two levels more successfully than any other novelist.