Author Yanghee Cho's 'Pink Shoes' Brings 1930s Japan to Life

Author Yanghee Cho takes inspiration from the real-life experiences of her mother and grandmother in her novel, “Pink Shoes: Mother Land” (published by AuthorHouse UK).

Junju is the 19-year-old granddaughter of a millionaire from Chosun, Korea. She takes a ferry across the Korea Strait to Tokyo, where she has plans to begin studying to become an obstetrician. Her brother, Jinseok, is already in Tokyo, and he meets her when she arrives.

Junju’s life is forever changed when she meets Douru, a Japanese architecture student studying at the same university. The two fall in love and begin a whirlwind romance, and the book goes on to chronicle the evolution of their relationship. Cho’s vivid descriptions of 1930s Tokyo bring the love story to life.

An excerpt from “Pink Shoes”:
“By 1932, Tokyo had become a major cosmopolitan metropolis with Baroque- and Neo-Renaissance-style buildings higher than five or six stories, crowds of busy people, traffic jams, and serious noise pollution. Fashionable women wore hats designed by Coco Chanel which fit closely around their heads and knitted clothes in Western style. The most fashionable item of all were pink high heels. Stylish gentlemen matched their fedoras with white leather shoes.”

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“Pink Shoes”
By Yanghee Cho
Softcover | 5 x 8in | 446 pages | ISBN 9781491800027
E-Book | 446 pages | ISBN 9781491800034
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Yanghee Cho graduated with a degree in literature from Sacred Heart University in Seoul, South Korea, and is the author of 19 books, including the bestseller “Mother‘s Letters in a Lunchbox,” 10 pages of which have appeared in an elementary school textbook since 2002. She was awarded the Great Parents Prize by South Korea’s Minister of Government Administration and Home Affairs. She is also interested in making dolls and publishing children’s stories. Cho resides in London with her husband and daughter.

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