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Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:00 PM


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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


“I highly recommend Kim Sagwa’s explosive and powerful debut novel 'Mina,' translated from the Korean by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton. In 'Mina,' Sagwa perfectly captures the pressures faced by Korean teens Mina, her brother Minho, and best friend Crystal. This is an unforgettable book and I look forward to reading more of Sagwa’s writing in the future.” — Caitlin L. Baker, University Book Store in Seattle

"'Mina' gets to the core of Korean teenagers. Kim Sagwa's fragmented rhetoric stands for a generation that has no choice but to set imitation as its standard. The novel, which points out a universal desire for unattainable genuineness, focuses on teenagers while at the same time shining light on Korean society at large. Readers open their eyes wide to the agonizing violence of a character torn up by the inability to bear self-deception." — Han Yujoo, author of "The Impossible Fairy Tale"

Kim Sagwa discusses "Mina." A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At 57th Street Books

About the book: “She doesn’t know what to do, and that amounts to a state of torture.” Crystal toils day and night to earn top grades at her cram school. She’s also endlessly texting, shopping, drinking, vexing her boyfriends, cranking up her mp3s, and fantasizing about her next slice of cheesecake. Her non-stop frenzy never quite manages the one thing that might calm her down: opening up about the pressures that are driving her to the edge. She certainly hasn’t talked with her best friend, Mina, nor Mina’s brother, whom she’s developing a serious crush on. And Crystal’s starting to lose her grip.

In this shocking English debut, award-winning Korean author Kim Sagwa delivers an astonishingly complex portrait of modern-day adolescence. With pitch-perfect dialogue and a precise eye for detail, Kim creates a piercingly real teen protagonist–at once powerful, vulnerable, and utterly confused. As one bad decision leads to another, this promising life spirals to a devastating climax.

About the author: Kim Sagwa is the author of several novels, story collections, and works of nonfiction, and she has been shortlisted for several major South Korean awards, including the Munji Prize and the Young Writers Award. Kim contributes columns to two major Seoul newspapers, and she co-translated John Freeman’s book How to Read a Novelist into Korean. She lives in New York City.