Tiger Pelt

Annabelle Kim (Author)


Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Finalist
Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books
Gold Winner Nautilus Book Awards

Gripping, suspenseful, and unflinching, Tiger Pelt is a story of rebirth from the rubble of a savage time and a ravaged place: Korea during the Japanese occupation followed by the Korean War. A farm boy embarks on a quest that propels him on an odyssey spanning the Korean peninsula and crossing the Pacific. In a parallel life, a beautiful young girl is kidnapped and forced to work as a comfort woman for the Japanese military. During a raging monsoon, the two souls will collide in a near-death encounter that will alter the course of their lives.

Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Historical Fiction
Independent Publisher Book Awards, Bronze Medal for Historical Fiction
IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, Silver Winner for Best First Book
NIEA Finalist for Literary Fiction, Finalist for Contemporary Novel
Global Ebook Awards Gold Medal for Historical Literature, Gold Medal for Multicultural Literature
Readers Favorite Annual Book Awards, Silver Medal for Fiction-Drama
IAN Book of the Year Award Finalist for Literary/General Fiction
Best Book Awards Finalist for Best New Fiction, Finalist for Historical Fiction

Product Details

$18.00  $16.56
Leaf Land
Publish Date
January 09, 2017
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.75 inches | 1.07 pounds
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About the Author

Annabelle Kim's debut novel, Tiger Pelt, was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, awarded a Gold medal by the Nautilus Book Awards, and named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books. Annabelle's short fiction has been published in the Kelsey Review and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She studied in the MIT Writing Program and minored in English Literature at MIT where she also earned a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. She lives with husband, daughter, triplet boys, and Bouvier des Flandres in New Jersey: Exit 8.


"Korea serves as a perfect crucible for Kim's expansive and impressive historical fiction debut, in which the characters must struggle against overwhelming odds...her vision is powerfully executed, taking readers through all the important landmarks of 20th-century Korean history, including the end of Japanese occupation and the division of Korea." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A passionate, absorbing novel, Annabelle Kim's Tiger Pelt with its South Korean backdrop is a seismic tremor of a book. Kim who is a writer with bold insights fixes on two interwoven lives with humane irony, antic imagination, and an unsettling perceptiveness that includes much fascinating lore about that country and her wounded but ultimately triumphant fictional creations. It is a stark, often unsparing book." - Alexander Theroux, author of Darconville's Cat

"Tiger Pelt is...a hard-hitting, gritty work... presenting a unique opportunity to understand the cultures and lives changed in the course of showing how two disparate souls enter hell and come out the other side. It's a highly recommended pick, and a standout in the genre of literary and historical fiction." - Midwest Book Review

"Intelligent, polished, and thoroughly readable, Tiger Pelt is a story of deprivations and human endurance that is beyond heroic, yet entirely believable." - Foreword Reviews

"Tiger Pelt by Annabelle Kim...is spellbinding...It is a story that readers will not want to put down." - Reader Views

"If you start this novel, you will have to finish because the story is about resilience, about luck, about terror, about impossible conditions, but it is ultimately about triumph." - Jeffrey Keeten, jeffreykeeten.com

"If you want to be swept up in a book full of emotion and events that feel so real you can touch them, this is one book you should read." - Readers' Favorite

"This novel does exactly what a novel should do - it absorbes the reader in its characters' lives, and enriches the readers' own life while doing so." - Kelsey Review