The story of Jihyun Park is one that grounds you to the fortunate life you hold on to. The heroic story provides a day to day insight in the life of North Korean citizens in the late 20th century. It is one that is hard to imagine but one that must be read. I did like the intertwining of the translator's story who is from South Korea. I highly recommend this book. I've made sure to take a moment and reflect on what many people have gone through and are going through now.