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8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster
SLAVE. ESCAPE-ARTIST. MURDERER. TERRORIST.
SPY. LOVER. MOTHER. TRICKSTER.
At the Golden Sunset retirement home, it is not unusual for residents to invent stories. So when elderly Ms Mook first begins to unspool her memories, the obituarist listening to her is sceptical. Stories of captivity, friendship, murder, adventure, assumed identities and spying. Stories that take place in WWII Indonesia; in Busan during the Korean war; in cold-war Pyongyang; in China. The stories are so colourful and various, at times so unbelievable, that they cannot surely all belong to the same woman. Can they?
As playful and thought-provoking as it is compelling, as brutal and harrowing as it is achingly poignant and tender, this is a novel about love and war, deceit and betrayal, about identity, storytelling and the trickery required for survival.
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“A gripping story set against the backdrop of Korea’s turbulent history … Brilliant and original”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Despite the darkness of the history it retells, this is primarily an adventure novel, fueled by the same righteous anger that turns ordinary mortals into masked superheroes.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“A wild ride of a novel that embodies twentieth-century Korean history through the mesmerizing, heartbreaking and deeply fractured personal history of one woman and her many incarnations.”
—Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
—BookPage, Starred Review
—Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationery Shop and Together Tea
“Lee’s smart, complex debut”
—Lyn Liao Butler, author of Red Thread of Fate Inferno
—Asian Review of Books
—Catherine Cho, author of Inferno
—Independent Book Reviews
—Mira T. Lee, author of Everything Here Is Beautiful
—Brittani Sonnenberg, author of Home Leave
—Alyssa Songsiridej, author of Little Rabbit
—Joseph Juhn, director of Chosen
Harper in USA: June 13, 2023
Virago in UK: May 4, 2023
Penguin Random House in Spain
Editura Trei in Romania
Dioptra in Greece
Nord in Italy
Alpha in Denmark
Wisdom House in South Korea