The Ginseng Hunter: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 15, 2008 - Fiction - 192 pages
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A Chinese ginseng hunter lives alone in the valley, where he spends his days preparing for winter. He is scarcely aware of the larger world until shadowy figures, floating bodies, and rumors of murder begin to intrude on his cherished solitude. Then, on a trip to Yanji, he meets a young North Korean prostitute. Through her vivid tales, the tragedy occurring across the river unfolds, and soon the hunter realizes that the fates of the young woman and four others rest in his hands.An unforgettable look at life along the fragile border between China and North Korea, The Ginseng Hunter is a confirmation of Jeff Talarigo's talent for finding humanity in the most unexpected places.

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User Review  - Limelite - LibraryThing

I liked the story about a Chinese-Korean farmer/ginseng hunter who lives along the Tumen River that borders N Korea as a tale. But I found the protagonist's thoughts and those of the N Koreans ... Read full review

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User Review  - jennie_c - LibraryThing

The language is poetic, elegant, and sparse. The plot is simple, the mood bleak. Sometimes the elliptical narration style, combined with the fact that most of the characters aren't given names, leads ... Read full review

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JEFF TALARIGO won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award for his widely acclaimed first novel, The Pearl Diver. After living in Japan for almost fourteen years, he, with his wife and son, moved back to the United States in 2006. He was awarded a fellowship at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. The Ginseng Hunter is his second novel.

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