In 1953, on a remote island in South Korea, a young boy stows away on the ferry that is carrying his older brother and sister-in-law to the mainland. Fifty-two years later, Han Hyun-kyu is on a plane back to Korea, leaving behind his wife and grown children in America. It is his daughter, Jane--a war photographer recently injured in a bombing in Baghdad and forced to return to New York--who journeys to find him in the South Korean town where his brothers have settled. Here, father and daughter take refuge from their demons, unearth passions, and, in the wake of tragedy, discover something deeper and more enduring than they'd imagined possible.
"Long for This World" is a pointillist triumph--depicting whole worlds through the details of a carefully prepared meal or a dark childhood memory. But author Sonya Chung is also working on a massive scale, effortlessly moving between domestic intimacies and the global stage--Iraq, Paris, Darfur, Syria--to illuminate the relationship between troubled world affairs and personal devastation. The result is a profound portrayal of the human experience, both large and small. "Long for This World" establishes Chung as a thrilling new voice in fiction.
About the Author
Sonya Chung's short fiction and essays have appeared in "The Threepenny Review, BOMB Magazine, Cream City Review", and "Sonora Review", among others. She is a recipient of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and the Bronx Council on the Arts Literary Fellowship & Residency. "Long For This World" is her first novel.
A multiple Audie Award finalist, an "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner, and one of "AudioFile"'s Best Voices of 2010 and 2011, Hillary Huber has recorded close to two hundred titles. "AudioFile" magazine says, "Hillary Huber's narration is lyrical enough to be set to music."
"An intricately structured and powerfully resonant portrait of lives lived at the crossroads of culture, and a family torn between the old world and the new." ---Kate Walbert, National Book Award finalist and author of A Short History of Women