This Burns My Heart

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Product Details

Price
$20.99
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.5 X 1.1 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781439199626
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About the Author

Korean-American author Samuel Park was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil until the age of fourteen. His novel "This Burns My Heart" was chosen as a Best Book of 2011 by Amazon, "Kirkus Reviews," and "BookPage." It was named one of NPR s Freshest Reads and "Today" s Favorite Things, and has been translated into four languages. He is an assistant professor of English at Columbia College and lives in Chicago. Visit Samuel Park at SamuelPark.com."

Reviews

"Extraordinary . . . A page-turner of a book . . . South Korea provides not only the backdrop of Soo-Ja's story, but also the context for Park's novel, which spans the decades after the Korean War to the beginning of the country's economic boom. In a sense, Soo-Ja's story parallels South Korea's development from a poor, struggling state to a gleaming Asian tiger." --Chicago Tribune
"Park does a good job of bringing the rapidly changing South Korea of the 1960s alive. As cities sprout from beanfields and rickshaws give way to Kias, the world around Soo-Ja and her family is changing at a frightening speed. . . . I especially recommend this novel to readers who were intrigued (as was I) by Lisa See's Dreams of Joy, set in postwar China. The contrast is fascinating." --The Christian Science Monitor
"This Burns My Heart is quietly stunning--a soft, fierce story that lingers in the mind. Samuel Park is a deft and elegant writer; this is a very exciting debut." --Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife
"Vivid...atmospheric . . . Park's descriptions of antigovernment clashes and the martyrdom of a 12-year-old boy, in particular, provide eerily prescient reverberations of recent clashes in Syria." --Boston Globe
"Writing prose with the beauty of poetry, Samuel Park traces a young woman's journey to hard-won maturity, alongside the meteoric rise of post-war Korea, in a novel which shines with eloquence and wisdom." --David Henry Hwang, Tony-Award winning author of M. Butterfly
"This Burns My Heart is a delicate yet powerful story of love, loss, and endurance. The emotional world of the heroine, Soo-Ja, is beautifully realized; I found myself caught up in her dramas from start to finish." --Sarah Waters, author of The Little Stranger and Fingersmith
"An understatedly brilliant tale . . . Through Soo-Ja's eyes, Park beautifully evokes 1960s war-torn South Korea." --Audrey Magazine
"An incredible read . . . I don't want it to end. I love it!" --Hoda Kotb, Today
"Memorable . . . Atmospheric and exuberantly filmic . . . a simple but visceral romance in a refreshing Korean setting." --The Miami Herald