“Memorable…will appeal not only to readers interested in Korea, but also to anyone who wants to read about the human condition, its struggle, and ultimately its resilience and triumph.”—The Washington Post
“A sumptuous tale…Every mouthwatering meal, every delicate image serves a purpose in the greater narrative, which chronicles a large swath of Korean history and politics.” —Publishers Weekly
“This marvelous—and very moving—book tells its Korean story stylishly and with great skill.” —William Trevor
“Thoughtful, beguiling, and tinged with romantic regrets.” —Marie Claire
“A welcome revelation…This book has the wisdom to realize that a search for heritage and connection is never emotionally simple, an often blurred by ambiguity…But wiser still is how [One Thousand Chestnut Trees] teaches that the best use of heritage is to understand the ones we love—in ways that exceed mere geography.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“This novel is a history lesson of the best kind, lucid and concerned with emotions as well as facts…. It needs to be read.” —The Spectator (London)
“Stout handles the sweeping scope of her debut novel…with great skill.” —Ms.
“Valuable…The reader truly comes away with a fuller picture not only of what turmoil Koreans have experienced this century but also of what defines Koreanness.” —Chicago Tribune