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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Asian American
  • Language:English
  • Pages:322
  • eBook ISBN:9781667896588
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667896571

No Space for Love

A North Korean Defector Story of Love and Survival

by Ellen Mason

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"No Space for Love" is an inspirational survival story based on true events about two teenagers escaping North Korea in search of food, freedom, and 'a real life.' Under the oppressive regime of North Korea, teenagers Ha-na and Seng-il each endure tragic lives filled with starvation and violence. Despite their suffering, their hope cannot be extinguished as they search for a better life and discover what it means to love.

Ha-na and Seng-il each endure despair-filled lives of starvation and violence under the oppressive regime of North Korea, but their hope can't be extinguished as they search for a better life and discover what it means to love. Fifteen-year-old Ha-na longs for her father's love and hopes their escape from North Korea in the late 1990s will mean an end to hunger and hardship. Her hope for a better life in China is destroyed when her father sells the young teen into a marriage where she is subjected to abuse both day and night. With a newborn baby to protect, Ha-na must escape their abusers if she is to have any hope of forging a new path for them both. All seventeen-year-old Seng-il has ever known is hunger. Forced to flee the famine devastating Kim Jong-il's North Korean regime at the start of the new millennium, he crosses the Chinese border. But he soon realizes that this new world has its own dangers. Discovered and returned to his homeland, Seng-il is imprisoned, starved, and beaten to the brink of death, but his drive to escape the horrors of his country never dies. Risking certain death if he is captured again, Seng-il crosses the border once more into the unknown. In their quest for freedom, these two teenagers both face impossible choices and death. Alike in their need for survival, how far will they go to eat and be safe? Will they find true independence or liberty? Will they ever know life outside of the shadows and the underbelly of Chinese society? Will they ever have space for love and a "real" life? 

About the author
Born and raised in Iowa, Ellen Mason grew up in a family and town where things were not always perfect. She was always interested in how people from difficult backgrounds survived and, often, thrived in the world. Ellen went on to obtain her education, get married, and enter the medical world. She remained fascinated with the struggles many Americans, especially immigrants, overcome in their quest for success. As a life and business coach, she met the couple who inspired this gut-wrenching story. Readers can learn more about Ellen at her website www.EllenMason.com or follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, and her mailing list. She enjoys traveling, golf, reading, writing, and fresh and saltwater fishing.

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No Space for Love I am 76 years old, I was in Vietnam for 3 years in the service. I loved how the author knew so much about the landscape and the hardships of the people. Stories like this need to be told! As Americans we need to realize how fortunate we are to live in the United States. Awesome story telling! Can't wait for the next book by Ellen Mason! Read more