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The Mountain
The Mountain | Paul Yoon
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From Paul Yoon, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Once the Shore and Snow Hunters, comes a luminous collection of short stories set throughout the world—from the Hudson Valley to the Russian Far East—across periods of time after World War II. In The Mountain, Paul Yoon displays his subtle, ethereal, and strikingly observant style with six thematically linked stories, taking place across several continents and time periods and populated with characters who are connected by their traumatic pasts, newly vagrant lives, and quests for solace in their futures. Though they exist in their own distinct worlds (from a sanatorium in the Hudson Valley to an inn in the Russian far east) they are united by the struggle to reconcile their traumatic pasts in the wake of violence, big and small, spiritual and corporeal. A morphine-addicted nurse wanders through the decimated French countryside in search of purpose; a dissatisfied wife sporadically takes a train across Spain with a much younger man in the wake of a building explosion; a lost young woman emigrates from Korea to Shanghai, where she aimlessly works in a camera sweat shop, trying fruitlessly to outrun the ghosts of her past. Hailed by New York magazine as a “quotidian-surreal craft-master” and a “radiant star in the current literary firmament” by The Dallas Morning News, Yoon realizes his worlds with quiet, insightful, and gorgeous prose. Though each story is distinct from the others, his restrained voice and perceptive observations about violence—to the body, the landscape, and ultimately, the human soul—weaves throughout this collection as a whole, making The Mountain a beautiful, memorable read.
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arubabookwoman
The Mountain | Paul Yoon

The mountain was out earlier this week when we went into the city to the hospital. Another thing I will miss about this beautiful city.

arubabookwoman Oops! Sorry for double post. 7mo
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arubabookwoman
The Mountain | Paul Yoon
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The mountain was out earlier this week when we went into the city to the hospital. Another thing I will miss about this beautiful city.

Tanisha_A Such a view! Where is this? 7mo
arubabookwoman On the Lake Washington bridge between Seattle and the eastern suburbs. The mountain is Mount Ranier. @Tanisha_A 6mo
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Smrloomis
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This was so beautiful. I didn‘t realize it was a collection of short stories, which are not usually my favorite thing. However in this case it didn‘t matter. Yoon‘s writing is so lovely that I would read anything he has written. Very highly recommended. #LitsyAtoZ2018

Smrloomis I also loved his debut novel. 10mo
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Bookmarkie
The Mountain | Paul Yoon

I'm wondering why we didn't hear more about The Mountain in 2017? Paul Yoon is a magnificent writer.

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Mdargusch
The Mountain | Paul Yoon
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Here is my first pile to conquer in my #mounttbrchallenge and these all work for the two other challenges I‘m doing in 2018 - popsugar and #booked2018. #readytogetstarted!

emilyhaldi Chomping at the bit!!! 2y
BarbaraBB This looks so attractive! You must be looking forward to get started. 2y
Reviewsbylola I need to organize my challenge books this weekend. 2y
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LeahBergen What a pretty photo. 😍 2y
kspenmoll Lovely plant with candles. 2y
Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful !!!! 💜💜 2y
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Lynnsoprano
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#MountTBRChallenge This is the list of unread books on my Kindle that I would like to eliminate from #MountTBR in 2018. I‘m not going to beat myself up if I don‘t read all of these, but participating in this challenge may help eliminate at least some of the backlog.

Hollie I‘m hoping to read The Alice Network early in 2018 as well. 2y
tricours Are there rules for the Mount TBR 2018 somewhere? 2y
Lynnsoprano @tricours I think @DivaDiane has organized this, but it seems pretty loose and low stress, which is my kind of challenge. 2y
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DivaDiane @tricours @Lynnsoprano Yes, I “organized” it. It‘s very low pressure. I will post little actions to do, but there‘s no pressure to do any of them! The only rule is that a book has to be on your shelf longer than at least one month! I‘m going to count only Books bought prior to 2018. You choose how many books you want to read from your TBR. My goal is 40. I‘m sure I‘ll make that and probably more. Good luck! Use the hashtag #MountTBRchallenge. 2y
ValerieAndBooks I see The Essex Serpent! When do you think you‘ll want to read it? 2y
Lynnsoprano @ValerieAndBooks How does February sound to you? We have guests coming from out of town in January, plus three of my voice students have performance assessment. I don‘t expect to get much reading done next month 😄 2y
ValerieAndBooks February sounds good, let me know when you‘re ready 😊! 2y
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Jason_Roland
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Got this in the mail today! Paul Yoon is one of my very favorite writers of all time. His novel, Snow Hunters is in my top 5 of all time favorite books.

Tamra This is on my TBR and I stacked the other too. 😁 2y
Irenadawn I have to catch up with this author. I am behind with him and way far behind with Knausguarde. 1y
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Flaneurette
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Waterproof and Audible- I may have to get one! #kindle #kindleoasis

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Redwritinghood
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I really enjoyed the writing in this short story collection. The writing is spare, often stark, and affecting. The stories deal mainly with how people carry on following a tragedy, whether from the aftermath of war, illness or a death in the family. The stories have a melancholy feel, but they are also beautiful in how they highlight the resilience of people. Highly recommend!

merelybookish Thanks for the review! I've been curious about this one. 2y
Redwritinghood @merelybookish You're welcome! 2y
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Redwritinghood
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Starting this short story collection on this lazy Sunday morning. It was part of yesterday's library book haul. I have seen really good reviews of it, so 🤞🏻🤞🏻.

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lovelybookshelf
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Words I used to describe Yoon's novella Snow Hunters hold true to this collection of short stories: quiet, gentle, exquisite. Yoon has a way of packing so much into his sparse prose! This is the kind of writing that makes you feel like you're holding your breath so you can listen more closely. There were spots that moved a little too slowly for my taste, but overall this collection satisfied my need for a book I could relax into and simply enjoy.

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ReadingEnvy
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All these stories so far are of the aftermath of war #litsypartyofone

Centique That's an amazing image there 😊 2y
Jason_Roland So jealous!! You know he is one of my favorites! Cannot wait to read this myself. 2y
ReadingEnvy @Jason_Roland these stories definitely make me want to try more by him. I only knew of him because of you! 2y
Jason_Roland @ReadingEnvy So glad you are enjoying them! Both of his previous works are top notch. Very underrated writer! 2y
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AdeleReads
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I am intrigued . . . oh how I love thematically linked short story collections.

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Liberty
The Mountain | Paul Yoon
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In honor of Short Story Month, I rounded up 14 upcoming collections! Featuring Jenny Zhang, Paul Yoon, Bill Roorbach, Samantha Hunt, and Jeffrey Eugenides.

http://bookriot.com/2017/05/24/make-it-quick-14-upcoming-short-story-collections... 📚❤️🤘🏻

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