The Ginseng Hunter: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 15, 2008 - Fiction - 192 pages
17 Reviews
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  - Steve Saunders - Goodreads

A beautiful love story that takes North Korea off your bucket list and makes you appreciate love, food and shelter and making a decision before you die! Read full review

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User Review  - Bonnie - Goodreads

I love the delicate and poetic writing in this simple little book. I can open it to any page and be touched by the beauty of the writing even as I am drawn into a story of suffering. It is the story ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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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