Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What is Krys Lee reading?

Today's featured contributor at Writers Read: Krys Lee, author of Drifting House.

Her entry begins:
I’m reading Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son. I’ve been close to the North Korean defector community in Seoul for many years, so have a natural interest in books all things Korean. I also appreciate the slightly off-kilter perspective that Adam brings, as well as the intensive research and courage it takes to...[read on]
About Drifting House, from the publisher:
An unflinching portrayal of the Korean immigrant experience from an extraordinary new talent in fiction.

Ranging from Korea to 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.
Learn more about the book and author at Krys Lee's website.

The Page 69 Test: Drifting House.

Writers Read: Krys Lee.

--Marshal Zeringue