Friday, February 26, 2010

Long For this World by Sonya Chung

Long For this World
by Sonya Chung
Simon and Schuster

  • Hardcover: 288 pages

  • Publisher: Scribner (March 2, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1416599622

  • ISBN-13: 978-1416599623

  • Sonya Chung’s short fiction and essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, BOMB Magazine, Cream City Review, and Sonora Review, among others. She is a recipient of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and the Bronx Council on the Arts Literary Fellowship & Residency. Long For This World is her first novel.

    Here's the blurb:

    Sonya Chung's astonishing first novel tells the story of a family divided between contemporary America and a small Korean town. Long for This World is about loss and renewal and what it means to go home.
    In 1953, on a remote island in South Korea, a young boy stows away on the ferry that is carrying his older brother and sister-in-law to the mainland. Fifty-two years later, Han Hyun-kyu is on a plane back to Korea, leaving behind his wife and grown children in America. It is his daughter, Jane — a war photographer recently injured in a bombing in Baghdad and forced to return to New York — who journeys to find him in the South Korean town where his brothers have settled. Here, father and daughter take refuge from their demons, unearth passions, and, in the wake of tragedy, each discover something deeper and more enduring than they'd imagined possible.
    Long for This World is a pointillist triumph — depicting whole worlds through the details of a carefully prepared meal or a dark childhood memory. But Chung is also working on a massive scale, effortlessly moving between domestic intimacies and the global stage — Iraq, Paris, Darfur, Syria — to illuminate the relationship between troubled world affairs and personal devastation. The result is a profound portrayal of the human experience — both large and small. Long for This Worldestablishes Sonya Chung as a thrilling new voice in fiction.

    Here's an excerpt

    Here are her author appearances

    LONG FOR THIS WORLD will be available in bookstores and online on March 2, just five days from now! You can still pre-order from Barnes & Noble or Amazon — in hardcover, audio, and digital formats:



    *(If you’ve read the book, don’t forget to write your review at one of these sites!)*

    This is what’s happening throughout March & April:

    March 4 — reading & book signing at The Corner Bookstore, Madison Ave at 93rd St, 6:30pm **(RSVP to
    March 10 – reading & book signing at McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, 7pm
    March 17 — reading at MIXER (Cakeshop), 152 Ludlow, 7:30pm (w/ Melissa Febos and Shelly Oria)
    March 25 – reading at Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 16 W 32nd Street, 10th Fl, 7pm (w/ Nami Mun)

    March 24 — brown bag lunch at Grub Street, 12:30 pm
    March 24 — reading & book signing at Brookline Booksmith, 7pm

    April 2 — reading at Street Bean Espresso, 7pm
    April 6 —reading at Hugo House, 8 pm
    April 7 — reading at Elliot Bay Book Co., 7pm

    April 5 — reading at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30pm

    April 24 — reading at the Asian American Literature Symposium, Tawes Hall, Univ of MD College Park, 2:30 pm
    April 25 – panel at the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival, Montgomery College, 10 am
    April 26 – reading & book signing at Border’s Bailey’s Crossroads, 7:30 pm

    Syossett and Port Washington events, dates TBD

    Ps — if you’re a Facebooker, you can become a fan of Sonya Chung at:

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