Search Results: "Han Kang"


BOOK REVIEW

THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An unusual and mesmerizing novel, gracefully written and deeply disturbing."
In her first novel to be published in English, South Korean writer Han divides a story about strange obsessions and metamorphosis into three parts, each with a distinct voice. Read full book review >

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HUMAN ACTS by Han Kang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A fiercely written, deeply upsetting, and beautifully human novel."
The brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy during the 1980 Gwangju Uprising becomes the connective tissue between the isolated characters of this emotionally harrowing novel. Read full book review >

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HAN KANG
by Megan Labrise

Han Kang’s fierce, fresh fiction has the book world abuzz: The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated from Korean to English, won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. It is one of “The 10 Best Books of 2016,” according to the New York Times Book Review.It is ripe with searing imagery that won’t soon leave you. So ...


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BOOK REVIEW

IT’S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU by Jenny Han
FICTION
Released: April 27, 2010

"Flashes of humor, realistic (and often salty) dialogue and growing-up moments both painful and authentic create a convincing and poignant read. (Fiction. YA)"
Isabel (Belly) struggles to regain her equilibrium after the death of her mother's best friend Susannah in this sequel to The Summer I Turned Pretty (2009). Read full book review >

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A SUMMER OF KINGS by Han Nolan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"The brilliantly portrayed cast of characters illuminates the gut-wrenching history of the time, making tangible the sorrow and hurt that is always personal. (Fiction. YA)"
King Roy is the alleged murderer who comes to live with Esther's eccentric privileged family in their 30-room mansion in the summer of 1963. Read full book review >

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DANCING ON THE EDGE by Han Nolan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The shadows of truth, suffering, self-expression, and repression are examined without psychobabble in this sad, funny, and tender story. (Fiction. 12+)"
Charting the near-destruction of a child's soul at the hands of the self-centered, bickering adults around her, Nolan (Send Me Down a Miracle, 1996, etc.) dives into the mind of an emotionally disturbed girl in an intense, exceptionally well-written novel. Read full book review >

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SEND ME DOWN A MIRACLE by Han Nolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Readers will be dizzied by the multiple subplots and roller-coaster highs and lows in this portrait of a small town that is anything but quiet. (Fiction. 11-15)"
An apparent miracle stands tiny Casper, Alabama, on its ear in this busy, hilarious, tragic story from the author of If I Should Die Before I Wake (1994). Read full book review >

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ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"An emotionally engaging closer that fumbles in its final moments. (Romance. 14-17)"
Lara Jean prepares for college and a wedding. Read full book review >

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FIRE WITH FIRE by Jenny Han
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Clocking in at over 500 pages, this attempt by Han and Vivian to craft a Carrie-meets-John Tucker Must Die novel falls very flat. (Fiction. 15-18)"
Revenge might be a dish best served cold but not when it's as unappetizing and bloated as this sequel to Burn for Burn (2012). Read full book review >

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A DICTIONARY OF MAQIAO by Han Shaogong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The result is a subtle and smashingly effective critique of the futility of totalitarian efforts to suppress language and thought—and, more to the point, a stunningly imaginative and absorbing work of fiction."
An innovative 1997 novel records its narrator's experiences—as an urban "Educated Youth" relocated among rural peasants—as entries in a descriptive "dictionary." Read full book review >

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LOVE AND FAMINE by Han-ping  Chin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"Both epic and personal, this novel chronicles two decades of love, loss, history, and culture—and the complex tensions that arise from these forces—during the turbulent Mao era."
One should add "Politics" to the two abstractions of the title, for Chin's fictional world is infused with the cultural and personal consequences of Mao's Great Leap Forward. Read full book review >

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American Water Tears: A Grandmaster's Story by Han D. Cho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"A slim but potent slice of Korean history, told through the lives of a troubled family."
Two estranged Korean brothers weather their differences to rediscover their blood bond in martial arts instructor Cho's debut novel. Read full book review >