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Detroit Lakes Public Library KWO (Text) 33500012764981 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library KWO (Text) 33500012764973 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 0735213895
  • ISBN: 9780735213890
  • Physical Description: 214 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2018.

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Summary, etc.: A young Korean-American woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea and then disappears, leading a fellow student into an obsessive search for her.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1
    Looming death, missing parents, God, and reinvention turn an unlikely pair, Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall, into lovers at privileged Edwards University in upstate New York. In the fresh, transformative independence that is college life, Phoebe can forget her aching connection to the piano, hide her debilitating guilt over her mother's tragic death, and eschew her estranged father's religion. Will, who transfers from a small Bible college on scholarship, finds distance from his failed adoration of God, worry about his ever-fragile mother, and dismissal of his father. Will's hunger, physical and emotional, is magnetic, holding the desperate lovers together until dropout John Leal—a savior to some, a charlatan to others, with his zealous stories of horrific imprisonment in a North Korean gulag—invades their orbit, and violence implodes their bond. Kwon's debut has all the elements of what should be a stupendous success—exquisite prose, vivid characterizations, and astute observations—yet somewhere between spark and explosion, the narrative strays unnecessarily from the essential, then becomes overly elliptical to provide a persuasive finale. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

R. O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in the New York TimesNew York, The Guardian, Vice, Buzzfeed, Time, Noon, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States.

Subject: FICTION / Cultural Heritage
FICTION / Asian American
FICTION / Coming of Age
FICTION Literary
FICTION Cultural Heritage
FICTION Coming of Age
Terrorists Fiction
Bombings Fiction
Cults Fiction
Korean American women Fiction
College students Fiction
Genre: Bildungsromans.
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