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Drifting House
Drifting House | Krys Lee
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An unflinching portrayal of the Korean immigrant experience from an extraordinary new talent in fiction. Spanning Korea and the United States, from the postwar era to contemporary times, Krys Lee's stunning fiction debut, Drifting House, illuminates a people torn between the traumas of their collective past and the indignities and sorrows of their present. In the title story, children escaping famine in North Korea are forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to survive. The tales set in America reveal the immigrants' unmoored existence, playing out in cramped apartments and Koreatown strip malls. A makeshift family is fractured when a shaman from the old country moves in next door. An abandoned wife enters into a fake marriage in order to find her kidnapped daughter. In the tradition of Chang-rae Lee's Native Speaker and Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, Drifting House is an unforgettable work by a gifted new writer.
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RachelO
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I‘ve just finished Krys Lee‘s short stories of Korea (N&S) and Koreans living in the US. She writes beautifully and her characters are so well-formed, her families & relationships are so messed up & real - when they do something shocking (and they do) you empathise rather than judge.

I may not hold onto every story, but The Goose Father and A Small Sorrow I loved. Drifting House will stay with me a long, long time. Definitely an author to watch.

Megabooks I really enjoyed this book too. 6d
RachelO @Megabooks She knows how to write Striking, doesn‘t she? 6d
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RachelO
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Wow. The title story packs a punch.

A young boy tries to escape the North Korean famine with his siblings, haunted by everything he‘s seen and done.

And the concept of a drifting house 😭.

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RachelO
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Prologue.

Flaneurette This sounds great! Stacked 2mo
RachelO @Flaneurette 👍 I‘m really liking it! 2mo
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RachelO
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Felt a lack of short stories in my diet. These are (possibly interlinked) stories set between South Korea and the USA. Beautifully written, and so far the Goose Father is the standout - a man gets a lodger, after his wife and children move to the States to get away from the pressure of the Korean school system. The young man turns up with his goose and just sparkles.

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Megabooks
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1. Star Trek: TNG!!
2. Take a trip to Japan 🇯🇵
3. Usually what comes in at the library
4. Tagged book. The stories still haunt me today.
5. What‘s your dream first edition to own? Me - Little Women 💙📚 #friyayintro

Also I‘m doing a relaxed #24b4Monday I really enjoy these @TheReadingMermaid and @Andrew65 ! Thanks! 😁

TheReadingMermaid We enjoy them too! We're so glad everybody else does 😊❤️ 7mo
CouronneDhiver not much of a book collector... but maybe this one (sentimental): 7mo
wanderinglynn So hard to pick, but I‘d love to have a first edition of Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy. Better yet if it was signed. 7mo
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Megabooks @TheReadingMermaid 👍🏻😁📚😊 7mo
Megabooks @CouronneDhiver I have never heard of this book before! Sounds interesting! 7mo
Megabooks @wanderinglynn everyone recommended that book to me when I was more into sci fi, and I‘ve never read it. Really awesome choice! 👍🏻📚 7mo
Andrew65 😊 7mo
OrangeMooseReads The Catcher in the Rye would be an amazing first edition to own. 7mo
Megabooks @Andrew65 😁😁 7mo
Megabooks @OrangeMooseReads That‘s definitely true!! 7mo
AsYouWish First edition of Dracula 7mo
DebbieGrillo Jane Eyre 7mo
merelybookish Anne of Green Gables! 💚 7mo
batsy Villette or The Bell Jar 😍 7mo
Megabooks @AsYouWish ooo...nice! 🧛🏻‍♂️ 7mo
Megabooks @DebbieGrillo Good choice! I‘m embarrassed I‘ve never read it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 7mo
Megabooks @merelybookish I loved that as a kid! 👍🏻👍🏻 7mo
Megabooks @batsy Great choices! 7mo
Lizpixie 2. My eldest daughter & her hubby are going there next month! 5. A signed first edition of The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd by Dame Agatha!🤩 7mo
youneverarrived Wuthering Heights. 7mo
Megabooks @Lizpixie Awesome! My mom would be right there with you. She loves Christie! 7mo
Megabooks @youneverarrived Nice choice!! 7mo
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emilyhaldi
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I'm definitely a little bit #shortonshortstories but I did find a couple #twowordtitles ✌🏻 I started Sunshine State a while back but haven't picked it back up in a while.. I have trouble getting into short story books! Anyone else??
#anditsaugust
#backtoreading

MicheleinPhilly 🙋🏻I really can't get into them. Even if I LOVE the author. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Cinfhen My favorite short story collection is 2y
RealLifeReading For me it really depends..some short story collections I've taken ages to get through but I enjoy dipping into those stories once in a while. I did recently read a short story collection in two days though and loved it! 2y
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Megabooks You must read Drifting House! And 2y
Mdargusch They are not my favorite. 2y
Reviewsbylola I hate short stories. 2y
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emilyhaldi
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Ok @Reviewsbylola here is my tres chic towering stack of black & white books! #bookcolortag
I'm passing the baton to my BOTM buddies @L_auren and @Booksandcooks - let's see a stack of pink!! 💕💞💓💖💘💗

(Lauren- hope you have some library books sitting around bc I know you aren't a big hoarder of your own books like some of us!)

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this!!! 2y
monkeygirlsmama Classy 2y
JenP Nice! 2y
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TrishB Great pic 👍 2y
L_auren @emilyhaldi Challenge accepted 🤔 will see about this tonight 2y
Mdargusch So much more chic than my stack. 2y
Reviewsbylola I'm not a big book hoarder either. I mean I kind of am but not to the extent of some other littens. Lol 2y
TheBookStacker Omg we used to have one of those hand statues in my childhood home 2y
BarbaraBB Oh wow 😍 2y
emilyhaldi @Mdargusch so not true!! 2y
mrozzz Wow this is fantastic, nice work 😊 2y
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Megabooks
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A lot going on this weekend, but I did manage to finish this short story collection. If you enjoyed reading about the Korean diaspora in Pachinko or enjoyed The Orphan Master's Son, you may want to check this out. She has an amazing voice!

HippieChickHomeschool I LOVED Pachinko! Adding this to my list! (edited) 2y
ApoptyGina69 Added! I loved Pachinko also and just today I finished The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Korean-American "second son" falls in love with Jamaican girl. 2y
Megabooks @HippieChickHomeschool @ApoptyGina69 I loved Pachinko (TSIAAS as well!), and this is a great collection to add more Korean perspectives to your literary "diet"! 2y
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