Drifting House

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Penguin, Feb 2, 2012 - Fiction - 224 pages
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An unflinching portrayal of the Korean immigrant experience from an extraordinary new talent in fiction.

Spanning Korea and the United States, from the postwar era to contemporary times, Krys Lee's stunning fiction debut, Drifting House, illuminates a people torn between the traumas of their collective past and the indignities and sorrows of their present.

In the title story, children escaping famine in North Korea are forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to survive. The tales set in America reveal the immigrants' unmoored existence, playing out in cramped apartments and Koreatown strip malls. A makeshift family is fractured when a shaman from the old country moves in next door. An abandoned wife enters into a fake marriage in order to find her kidnapped daughter.

In the tradition of Chang-rae Lee's Native Speaker and Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, Drifting House is an unforgettable work by a gifted new writer.

 

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Krys Lee's audacious debut is a wonder to behold - molded into a brilliant sheen with powerful, heart-aching prose and memorable, vivid worlds. From each page, the sense of care she has devoted to ... Read full review

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“Drifting House” is the title of one of 9 short stories included in this anthology by author Krys Lee, who was born in South Korea but grew up in the United States. She sets several of her stories in ... Read full review

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Contents

A TEMPORARY MARRIAGE
AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
THE PASTORS SON
THE GOOSE FATHER
THE SALARYMAN
DRIFTING HOUSE
A SMALL SORROW
THE BELIEVER
BEAUTIFUL WOMEN
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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Krys Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in California and Washington, and studied in the United States and England. She was a finalist for Best New American Voices, received a special mention in the 2012 Pushcart Prize XXXVI, and her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Narrative magazine, Granta (New Voices), California Quarterly, Asia Weekly, The Guardian, The New Statesman, and Condé Nast Traveller, UK (forthcoming). She lives in Seoul with intervals in San Francisco.
www.kryslee.com

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