Two Books


Longlisted for the 2024 Women's Prize for Fiction
Longlisted for the 2024 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, Best Published Novel
Shortlisted for the 2024 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

About Mirinae

Mirinae Lee was born and raised in South Korea.

Her first work of fiction appeared in the Antioch Review and was listed as Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2018 in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019. Her second short story won the 2018 Editors’ Prize in Fiction and appeared in Meridian. Excerpts of her novel, 8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster, have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, Shenandoah, and the Massachusetts Review.

Her bestselling debut novel, 8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster, has been longlisted for the 2024 Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2024 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, and shortlisted for the 2024 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. 8 Lives is inspired by a story of Lee’s great-aunt, one of the oldest women to escape alone from North Korea. It is available from HarperCollins in the U.S. and Virago, Hachette in the UK. The novel’s International rights continue to sell worldwide, including in Italy, Spain, Romania, Greece, Denmark, and South Korea.

Mirinae lives in Hong Kong with her husband and children.

“A gripping story set against the backdrop of Korea’s turbulent history … Brilliant and original”
Washington Post
“Enthralling … Lee keeps readers hooked by expanding Mook’s universe.”
The New York Times Book Review
“An adventure novel, fueled by the same righteous anger that turns ordinary mortals into masked superheroes.”
The Wall Street Journal
“Enticing, profound and deeply moving, a testament both to Lee’s skill and the courage of her ancestor.”
BookPage, Starred Review 
“Lee’s smart, complex debut”
Kirkus Reviews
“Her metaphorical and lyrical language, brutal and unsettling storytelling, and masterful prose will keep readers hooked until the very end.”


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Literary Agent

Nicki Richesin
Dunow, Carlson & Lerner

TV/Film Agent

Jiah Shin
Creative Artists Agency

Foreign Rights

Jenny Meyer
Jenny Meyer Literary Agency


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