Readers Are Moved by Euna Lee’s Memoir The World Is Bigger Now

You're a film editor, trapped in North Korea and sentence to 12 years hard labor. What would you do?

Euna Lee

For the first time, Euna Lee- the young wife, mother, and film editor detained in North Korea—tells a harrowing, but ultimately inspiring, story of survival and faith in one of the most isolated parts of the world. The World Is Bigger Now is the story of faith and love and Euna Lee’s personal conviction that God will sustain and protect us, even in our darkest hours.

On March 17, 2009, Lee and her Current TV colleague Laura Ling were working on a documentary about the desperate lives of North Koreans fleeing their homeland for a chance at freedom when they were violently apprehended by North Korean soldiers. For nearly five months they remained detained while friends and family in the United States were given little information about their status or conditions. For Lee, detention would prove especially harrowing. Imprisoned just 112 miles from where she was born and where her parents still live in Seoul, South Korea, she was branded as a betrayer of her Korean blood by her North Korean captors. After representing herself in her trial before North Korea’s highest court, she received a sentence of twelve years of hard labor in the country’s notorious prison camps, leading her to fear she might not ever see her husband and daughter again.

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“I picked up [The World Is Bigger Now] two days ago and finished it today as it was just a gripping story that would not let me go. This is not a hard-bitten journalist writing of her days in captivity; this is a memoir of a woman who survived what was the worst time of her life and showed the very nature of humankind in her writings, her fears, her worries, her prayers and love for her family….Her raw anguish and sorrow will bring tears to your eyes just as much as the joy and surprise in being reunited with her family. This is by far a personal testimony of faith, not a political book as one might expect. It is too good to pass up.”
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“[Euna Lee] did a wonderful job of telling her story. My heart broke for her and her family. She did a great job of making the story easy to follow whether you knew much about North Korea or not….Overall a great story of faith, hope, family, and courage.”
—Jodi on Goodreads

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EUNA LEE is a film editor for Current TV, a cable network cofounded by former Vice President Al Gore. As an editor, she has worked on humanitarian stories such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India, American troops in Iraq, the US war on drugs in Bolivia, and parolees in the US. She was working as a producer on a documentary about North Korean defectors when she was arrested and detained in North Korea. She earned a motion pictures and television degree at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Michael, and daughter, Hana.

About Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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