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
Since a young Asian child growing up in a white family and community, JS LEE has sought refuge through art and storytelling. Drawing from trauma and marginalization, she dives into the complex survivorship of adverse childhood experiences, transcultural adoption, racial isolation, sexual identity—and how they intersect in modern day society.
LEE is the author of the novels “Keurium” and “An Ode to the Humans Who’ve Loved and Left Me”, author and illustrator of the latter’s corresponding children’s books “For All the Lives I’ve Loved and Lived” and “For All the Friends I’ve Found”, and literary non-fiction, “It Wasn’t Love”. She currently lives in the Bay Area of California.