The Waiting is Keum Suk Gendry-Kim’s much anticipated follow up to Grass. Although a work of fiction this time, it is heavily inspired and based on the author’s own personal background. A background unfortunately all too familiar to many Korean families across both sides of the peninsula. The Waiting is the heartbreaking story of a family separated on the road to a safer future and left with only the hope of reunion to hold onto like a lifeline. A hope that never dwindles in spite of the decades passing by. Drawn in stunning black and white compositions, Gendry-Kim’s flawless storytelling is compelling and deeply moving. A perplexing story giving us yet another glimpse into the reality of colonialism, one with ripples reaching the four corners of the world to this day.