Today’s Book Spotlight! is on The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa.
Ehwa lives alone with her widowed mother in the tavern they own in pastoral Korea. They’ve always been sort of isolated from the rest of the village because no one likes that her mother hasn’t remarried. Ehwa has to put on a tough facade as she listens to the towns folk speak ill of her mother.
This all changes one day when a traveling salesman stops at the tavern. Suddenly, Ehwa’s mother is like a girl again, falling in love and opening her heart. This triggers something in Ehwa and she begins to open herself up to the possibility of love as well, although she’s not too sure about any of the boys in her village. There is, however, a young monk from the temple up the road and a school boy visiting from another town that both catch her eye…
This is volume 1 of a slice-of-life manwha (Korean comics) that follows the life of a young girl as she grows up and becomes a woman. It spans a few years of her life and the plot is more of a series of stories rather than an overarching tale. The mood of this is mellow, romantic, and warm. Unlike manga (Japanese comics), this series reads from left to right the way American books do.
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