All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir

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• Author :Nicole Chung
• Pages :
240 Sheets
• ISBN-10 :
1936787970
• ISBN-13 :9781936787975
• Release :
October 2, 2018
• Publisher :
Catapult

⊕ Plot Summary : “What will it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, inside your family—and what happens after you realize them? Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean oldsters, and raised by a white family in a very protected American state city. From infancy, she detected the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepacked story. She believed that her biological oldsters had created the final word sacrifice within the hopes of giving her a far better life; that forever feeling slightly out of place was merely her fate as a transracial human. however as she grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as associate Asian yank and a author, changing into ever additional interested by wherever she came from—she puzzled if the story she’d been told was the complete truth. With heat, candor, and surprising insight, Chung tells of her hunt for the those that gave her up, that coincided with the birth of her own kid. All you’ll be able to Ever understand may be a profound, moving chronicle of peculiar connections and also the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone WHO has ever struggled to work out wherever they belong.”


⊗ Author Profile

“My parents’ story along began within the spring of 1973 once they married and affected out west. She was twenty-one, he was twenty-two, and they’d been qualitative analysis a matter of months once she told him she was departure Cleveland, a town she had ne’er a lot of likable, for urban center — wherever she had perpetually planned to measure, and wherever her own mother had spent the war years, living together with her auntie and her uncle, the Swedish trained worker. My mother had not heritable a lot of from her mother, save her red hair, short temper, and stubborn attachment to the inexperienced great thing about provincial Washington State, thus totally different from the smoke and cement of Cleveland and also the tiny farm community outside it wherever her family lived. She had been to urban center, carted on on cross-country road visits within the family car, to go to her auntie and granduncle, and she’d ne’er forgotten the pine-scented air or the snow-tipped mountains decorated in clouds, the rough town lapped at its edges by a chilly seawater sound. currently she had gotten into school out there — thus, was he coming back together with her or not?

Though their families charged them with desertion, the move had its appeal: they were each of 5 siblings, high within the birth order, and in numerous however shaping ways that their oldsters had been laborious on them. over 300 folks attended their wedding. Back then, it absolutely was still a bit uncommon for a Hungarian boy from one neighborhood to marry a Polish woman from another. there have been fisticuffs at the reception, and it absolutely was usually united that the bride’s relatives each began and all over the fight, however everybody was happy by the time they farewelled the couple.

They did move out west, however to not Seattle; not nonetheless. A printing business had offered him employment in Ketchikan, Alaska, on Revillagigedo Island within the Alexander Archipelago. She found employment at the native hospital. They rented a basement housing in an exceedingly bungalow on the sting of the within Passage, wherever they may step outside and watch eagles wheeling over the ruffled water. For a try of born-and-bred Clevelanders, Ketchikan was nearly too quaint to be believed with its fishermen and modest traveler trade, its streets and wood pilings slick with rain 100 and forty days out of the year. it absolutely was roughly the amendment she had pictured, however an opportunity it still was, to flee Ohio and check out on a special life. They likable it there, and felt like pioneers.

Still, once the transfer to urban center came a couple of years later, they were able to sleep in a town once more, needing to meet new folks. One Sunday, on a whim, they visited a bit white-steepled church set into the hills on top of the neighborhood wherever they rented associate attic housing. it absolutely was nothing just like the giant, leaky previous churches they’d attended as youngsters in Cleveland; everybody wore jeans. The priest’s light Polish accent reminded her of her beloved grandparent, however it absolutely was some other person at the parish UN agency commandeered their attention: a brief, stout nun with blunt brown bangs peeking out from underneath her stripped headgear, a so much cry from the strict, ruler-wielding sisters of their youth. They told Sister Blessed Virgin Francis that they had very little interest in organized faith, in addition to the church within which they’d each been raised, however the nun somehow convinced them to come. presently my mother was leading a Bible-study cluster and my father was running errands for Sister Blessed Virgin Francis’s senior mother. They were back within the fold, with barely a token argument raised in their own defense.

This time, though, they were changed: they believed it all. They asked God to maneuver in their lives. They saw his hand at work — in friends met, in jobs found, in daily life — wherever that they had ne’er hunted for him before.”

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