Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Secondhand World by Katherine Min

Secondhand World
by Katherine Min

  • Paperback: 288 pages

  • Publisher: Anchor (February 12, 2008)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0307274993

  • ISBN-13: 978-0307274991   

  • Here's the blurb:

    “Isadora Myung Hee Sohn — Isa — worships her mother, an exceptional beauty, born in Seoul and sheltered in a harem of sisters inside the wealthy family’s compound. Isa’s father, a physics professor and orphan, is haunted by the war in which he served as a South Korean soldier, and by a painful secret that he keeps from his wife. Still mourning the death of Isa’s younger brother, Stephen, her parents are traditional enough to prize their dead son over their living daughter; to them, Isa only half exists.
    photo by Julie MentoBut unlike many Asian American daughters, Isa is neither meek nor a quiet victim of tradition. Despite her parents success and sophistication — they’ve achieved the American dream — she repudiates their values, embarks on her own sexual education, and runs away with an albino boy, “Hero.” At the same time, and for all her mother’s strict adherence to Korean traditional values, Isa suspects that she is involved with another man and determines to make the affair known. What begins as a child’s unthinking fury at her mother soon leads to more deadly consequences.

    Katherine Min was born in Champagne, Illinois, and grew up near Albany, NY. An incorrigible liar as a child, she made the logical transition to fiction writing. Her novel, SECONDHAND WORLD, was published by Alfred A. Knopf, in 2006. She was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Bingham Award for "an exceptionally talented writer whose debut work represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise." Min currently teaches at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. 
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