Shay Stone lies in a hospital bed, catatonic–dead to the world. Her family thinks it’s a ploy for attention. Doctors believe it’s the result of an undisclosed trauma. At the mercy of memories and visitations, Shay unearths secrets that may have led to her collapse. Will she remain paralyzed in denial? Or can she accept the unfathomable and break free?
KEURIUM threads through one adopted Korean American’s life of longing and letting go. On a quest for family, sanity, and survival, it challenges saviorism and forced gratitude. Woven through its heartbreaking fabric is a story of love and resilience.
#Adoption; #Narcissism; #Toxic Families; #Gaslighting; #Trauma
“It takes courage to pierce the sugar-coated myths surrounding international adoption. JS LEE has accomplished this in a straightforward honest novel.”
—Thomas Park Clement, Humanitarian and Author, Dust of the Streets
“KEURIUM tells the harrowing journey of adopted Korean American Shay Stone’s fight for her emotional well-being and ultimately, her life. Told in thoroughly satisfying chronological vignettes, this is a brave and necessary novel about hard truths, self-care, self-discovery, and one woman’s hard-earned liberation.”
—Lee Herrick, Fresno Poet Laureate Emeritus, Gardening the Secrets of the Dead
“Raw and transformative. JS LEE reveals the complex inner dialogue of many adoptees while dismantling society’s narrow adoption narrative, exposing truth so rarely heard. The power in her words is unerring as she transports the reader into their own keurium.”
—Reshma McClintock, Writer and Adoptee Advocate, Dear Adoption