Whale, by Cheon Myeong-kwan

Staff Pick

Whale became a South Korean bestseller when it appeared in 2004; translated into English, it earned a spot on the 2023 International Booker Prize longlist. Historical fiction sprinkled with magic realism and bound with graceful prose, Cheon Myeong-kwan's first novel unfolds in the years around the Korean Civil War. While its large-scale setting is matched with a suitably sprawling cast, the narrative centers on a mother and daughter, exploring their relationship to the small town they watch disappear--along with the childhoods and first loves that go with it.



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By Cheon Myeong-Kwan, Chi-Young Kim (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781953861146
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Published: Archipelago - May 2nd, 2023

Open Throat, by Henry Hoke

Staff Pick

What does the world look like to a lion? In this startling, innovative novel, Hoke invites readers to find out. Told from the perspective of a mountain lion loping beneath the Hollywood sign, the story follows the big cat as he observes and ponders the humans around him. From ruminations on people as food--“I’ve never eaten a person but today I might"--to a range of emotions that seem too complex for the language that conveys them, the lion opens a set of wondrous possibilities and questions about the world we live in. Dreamy, sensuous, tragic, and aching with want, Open Throat is unlike anything I have read before.


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ISBN: 9780374609870
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Published: MCD - June 6th, 2023

The Easy Life, by Marguerite Duras

Staff Pick

Characterized by graceful prose and difficult subject matter, Duras's novel is a lovely and dark existential meditation. Underscored by three deaths, the fiction centers on a narrator who, though detached emotionally from those around her, is deeply attuned to their movements. Through acute observations and vivid descriptions, Duras takes us into her character's inner landscape; we wander the country- and seaside along with her thoughts, which, for the most part, inhabit the space between childhood and adulthood. As with winter's bright sunshine,  there’s a cold clarity to the woman's disconnection, search for meaning, and introspection, one accompanied by deep bouts of depression--which Duras conveys with a light hand, filling what could have been a brutal thriller with language that shouldn’t feel quite as lovely as it does.




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By Marguerite Duras, Kate Zambreno (Foreword by), Emma Ramadan (Translated by), Olivia Baes (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781635578515
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - December 6th, 2022