Primarily taking place during the forgotten Laotian Civil War, a war that is known as “America’s secret war of the 1960s,” Run Me to Earth follows three orphan teenagers just trying to survive among the wreckage around them. Paul Yoon has written the perfect follow up to the gorgeous collection of stories in The Mountain, that also follows the lives of innocent civilians who are left to pick up the pieces after destruction and war. We see the three teenagers grow up and separate but they remain forever tied though their tragic memories of childhood. Yoon has proven to be masterful at creating quietly compelling characters with real human stories that stay with you once you close the book. This is a timeless work by a writer at the top of his craft.
At the heart of this historical fiction is the lifelong friendship of two girls growing up in a matriarchal sea-diving community on the South Korean Island of Jeju.
While Korean (and world) history envelops the island we get a glimpse of a remarkable community of women that really exists and is not long for this world. Choices we make and how and IF we forgive are explored.