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Jul 09, 2024 | ISBN 9780593596074

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“[A] gripping story of love and disaster.”Nylon
“A sharp, impressive debut about corruption among South Korea’s elite.”The Boston Globe
Excavations is not only set in Seoul, but imbued with the city’s history and spirit. . . . Though at its center Excavations is a mystery novel, it weaves together large-scale allegories of capitalism and economic ambition with the smaller-scale drama of a single family in crisis, embedding layers of meaning into a page-turner.”—KQED
“An ambitious thriller that is just as engrossing for the whodunnit as is it for the historical milieu . . . With novels like Excavations, the past will not be easily forgotten—as it shouldn’t.”Asian Review of Books
“A propulsive thriller, grounded in its psychological drama and real-life tragedy . . . Michell skillfully teases out the historical resonances. . . . Threaded throughout are the questions: can we love someone that we did not truly know? What value does truth hold, in a society dominated by patriarchal corruption and power?”Electric Lit

“Carefully crafted with expert pacing, Excavations explores intimate secrets as well as widespread conspiracies with ease.”Debutiful

“Hannah Michell’s Excavations is an enthralling page-turner. In Sae’s search for the truth about her missing husband, she uncovers secrets intimate and sweeping, tracing the student protest movement and exposing corruption among the elite in South Korea. A gripping debut.”—Vanessa Hua, author of Forbidden City

Excavations builds a deeply moving mystery between two real-life catastrophes rooted in political malfeasance, illuminating events that stole lives, galvanized the public, and changed the future of a nation. Michell deftly extends the metaphors of this history to her interconnected fictional families built on lies, omissions, and structural error. The result is a poignant and sinuous story about loss, love, and repair.”—Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State

“Excavations is both a tautly written mystery and a clear-eyed examination of deceit, idealism, and burgeoning capitalist development in modern-day South Korea. Through the eyes of Sae, a journalist and former youth activist, Hannah Michell creates transcendent depictions of motherhood, while calling into question what it truly means to know one’s family. Excavations pulls off the rare feat of being both thrilling and profound—a multilayered social commentary and an engaging, propulsive, satisfying read.”—Shanthi Sekaran, author of Lucky Boy

“This superior variation on a familiar thriller trope isn’t easily forgotten.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

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