The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee An incredible glimpse into life under one of the world’s most brutal and clandestine dictatorships and the tale of one woman’s terrifying fight to escape capture/repatriation and lead her family to freedom. As a kid growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions imprisoned by a clandestine and ruthless totalitarian regime. Her home on China's border gave her some publicity, She wanted to leave North Korea at the age of seventeen. She couldn't have known it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family. She could not return because the news of her escape were circulating, and she and her family could be imprisoned by the government authorities including detention, torture, and possible public execution. Hyeonseo, instead, lived in China and in an attempt to adapt and survive, she quickly learned Chinese. Twelve years and two lifetimes later, in a bold attempt to spirit her mother and brother into South Korea, she will return to the North Korean border on one of the most arduous, expensive and risky journeys imaginable.