Sad Peninsula

by Mark Sampson

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  • 1459709268
  • 9781459709256
  • 9781459709263
  • 9781459709270

A Canadian ex-pat and a Korean former "comfort woman," each scarred by their pasts, seek redemption.

Two separate lives become connected in South Korea: traumatized former Korean "comfort woman" Eun-young, who struggles with her past of rape and violence; and Michael, a troubled young Canadian arriving in Korea to teach ESL, whose principles and humanity are tested by Seoul’s seedy expatriate underbelly. A world away and two generations apart, their lives collide through the fiery Jin, who challenges stereotypes of her race and gender as well as Michael’s morality.



Through meticulously crafted and heart-wrenching prose, Sad Peninsula takes the reader across oceans and decades, outlining the boundaries between seduction and coercion, between love and destruction, between a past that can’t be undone and a future that seems just out of reach.


  • Dundurn; August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781459709263
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  • Title: Sad Peninsula
  • Author: Mark Sampson
  • Imprint: Dundurn
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1459709268
  • 9781459709256
  • 9781459709263
  • 9781459709270

In The Press

[H]arrowing and deeply moving . . .


About The Author

Mark Sampson is the author of Off Book and several short stories and poems in literary journals across Canada. He holds a master's degree in English from the University of Manitoba and a journalism degree from the University of King's College. Originally from Prince Edward Island, he currently lives in Toronto.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1459709268
  • 9781459709256
  • 9781459709263
  • 9781459709270