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Contemporary and Classic Fiction by Korean Authors

Discover or revisit these beloved novels by authors of Korean descent. From a contemporary thriller set in Seoul to a celebrated classic about immigration, see why these books have captured readers.

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    Skinship

    by Yoon Choi

    An exquisite collection from a breathtakingly new voice–centered on a constellation of Korean American families, these stories announce the debut of a master of short fiction.
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    $26.00

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    The Plotters

    by Un-su Kim

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    $16.95

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    Please Look After Mom

    by Kyung-Sook Shin

    When sixty-nine-year-old So-nyo is separated from her husband among the crowds of the Seoul subway station, her family begins a desperate search to find her. Yet as long-held secrets and private sorrows begin to reveal themselves, they are forced to wonder: how well did they actually know the woman they called Mom? Told through the piercing voices and urgent perspectives of a daughter, son, husband, and mother, Please Look After Mom is at once an authentic picture of contemporary life in Korea and a universal story of family love.
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    $15.95

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    The Old Garden

    by Hwang Sok-yong

    Internationally acclaimed author Hwang Sok-yong presents a tragic love story as two parallel lives. Set against the backdrop of the end of the Cold War and South Korea’s political revolution of the eighties, The Old Garden is a tale of faith–in one’s country, to one’s ideals, and in one’s heart.
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    $18.95

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    Eat a Peach

    by David Chang and Gabe Ulla

    From the chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious—an intimate account of the making of a chef, the story of the modern restaurant world that he helped shape, and how he discovered that success can be much harder to understand than failure.
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    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Everything Belongs to Us

    by Yoojin Grace Wuertz

    Seoul, 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Two young women of vastly different means each struggle to find her own way during the darkest hours of South Korea’s “economic miracle.” In this sweeping yet intimate debut, Yoojin Grace Wuertz details four intertwining lives that are rife with turmoil and desire, private anxieties and public betrayals, dashed hopes and broken dreams—while a nation moves toward prosperity at any cost.
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    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Seven Years of Darkness

    by You-Jeong Jeong

    When a young girl is found dead in Seryong Lake, a reservoir in a remote South Korean village, the police immediately begin their investigation. At the same time, three men–Yongje, the girl’s father, and two security guards at the nearby dam, each of whom has something to hide about the night of her death–find themselves in an elaborate game of cat and mouse as they race to uncover what happened to her, without revealing their own closely guarded secrets.
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    $17.00

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    If I Had Your Face

    by Frances Cha

    A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies, and K-pop mania.
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    $17.00

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    Crying in H Mart

    by Michelle Zauner

    From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.
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    Crying in H Mart Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.95

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    Version Zero

    by David Yoon

    From the brilliant mind of New York Times bestselling author David Yoon comes a lightning-fast and scorchingly observant thriller about how we can save ourselves from the very real perils of a virtual world.
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    $27.00

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    Minor Feelings

    by Cathy Park Hong

    Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Part memoir and part cultural criticism, this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative—and its relentless and riveting pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change the way you think about our world.
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    Minor Feelings Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    East Goes West

    by Younghill Kang

    Having fled Japanese-occupied Korea for the gleaming promise of the United States with nothing but four dollars and a suitcase full of Shakespeare to his name, the young, idealistic Chungpa Han arrives in a New York teeming with expatriates, businessmen, students, scholars, and indigents. Part picaresque adventure, part shrewd social commentary, East Goes West casts a sharply satirical eye on the demands and perils of assimilation.
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    $28.00

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    The White Book

    by Han Kang

    While on a writer’s residency, a nameless narrator wanders the twin white worlds of the blank page and snowy Warsaw. The White Book becomes a meditation on the color white, as well as a fictional journey inspired by an older sister who died in her mother’s arms, a few hours old. The narrator grapples with the tragedy that has haunted her family, an event she colors in stark white–breast milk, swaddling bands, the baby’s rice cake-colored skin–and, from here, visits all that glows in her memory: from a white dog to sugar cubes.
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    Hardcover
    $20.00

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    The Disaster Tourist

    by Yun Ko-Eun

    Welcome to the desert island of Mui, where a paid vacation to paradise is nothing short of a disaster in this “mordantly witty novel [that] reads like a highly literary, ultra–incisive thriller (Refinery29).
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    The Disaster Tourist Book Cover Picture

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    $16.95

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    Angel & Hannah

    by Ishle Yi Park

    Hannah, a Korean American girl from Queens, New York, and Angel, a Puerto Rican boy from Brooklyn, fall in love in the spring of 1993 at a quinceañera.  This reimagining of Romeo and Juliet is a sweeping, unforgettable story of an interracial couple in 1990s New York City who are determined to protect their love against all odds.
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    $18.00

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    The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

    by Sun-mi Hwang

    This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an egg of her own. An anthem for freedom, individuality and motherhood featuring a plucky, spirited heroine who rebels against the tradition-bound world of the barnyard, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a novel of universal resonance that also opens a window on Korea, where it has captivated millions of readers.
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    The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Drifting House

    by Krys Lee

    Set in Korea and the United States from the postwar era to contemporary times, Krys Lee’s stunning fiction debut illuminates a people struggling to reconcile the turmoil of their collective past with the rewards and challenges of their present. Amid the famine in North Korea, the financial crisis of South Korea, and the cramped apartments and Koreatown strip malls of the United States, Krys Lee’s vivid and luminous tales speak to the political and financial hardships of life in Korea and the uniquely unmoored immigrant experience.
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    Drifting House Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    My Year Abroad

    by Chang-rae Lee

    From the award-winning author of Native Speaker and On Such a Full Sea comes an exuberant, provocative story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure – and about the human capacities for pleasure, pain, and connection.
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    My Year Abroad Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Nine Cloud Dream

    by Kim Man-jung

    Written in 17th-century Korea, this classic novel’s wondrous story begins when a young monk living on a sacred Lotus Peak in China succumbs to the temptation of eight fairy maidens. For doubting his master’s Buddhist teachings, the monk is forced to endure a strange punishment: reincarnation as the most ideal of men. The Nine Cloud Dream is an unforgettable tale that explores the meaning of a good life and the virtue of living simply with mindfulness.
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    The Nine Cloud Dream Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    The Vegetarian

    by Han Kang

    Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It’s a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that’s become sacred to her.
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    $16.00

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