Tales You Wouldn’t Tell Your Mother
A fictional memoir, Tales You Wouldn’t Tell Your Mother is an outlandish read. It uniquely chronicles the lives of American airmen stationed in South Korea from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s. Thoughtful with poignant reflections on life, it is peppered with humor from the dry to the slapstick. Of course, there are spicy military sayings, creative drinking, ribald pranking, and sex - even a bit of romance - all military style. Both irreverent and disarmingly honest, Tales provides comical and compelling observations of interactions among the airmen themselves and their contacts with the people of one of America’s closest allies. Providing rare nuggets about overseas military life in days gone by and scandalous revelations about the Asia of years ago, Tales is a must-read for those who have spent any time in Asia – or just around the U.S. military. It will delight those who enjoy a raucous story as well.
Working title for possible sequel to Tales You Wouldn’t Tell Your Mother, currently being researched
Lucy’s Story follows the life of a young Korean girl born during the Korean War as she deals with the death of her father at an early age, somehow surviving the ensuing family financial crisis, only to wind up as a waitress in an off-base bar catering to Americans stationed in South Korea. Lucy perseveres through two personal calamities before marrying one such foreigner. The union eventually fails, and Lucy must find and then win back the affection of another American who had been in love with her years ago.
Working title for companion piece to Tales You Wouldn’t Tell Your Mother and Lucy’s Story, planned for the future
This third piece in the Korean trilogy weaves the perspective of Paek Mun-nam, a very close friend of Lucy’s American lover, into a narrative that shows the journey to contentment is not always predictable.