Nuclear Family


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Counterpoint LLC
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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

JOSEPH HAN was born in Korea and raised in Hawaiʻi. He is an editor for the West region of Joyland magazine, and a recipient of a Kundiman Fellowship in Fiction. His writing has appeared in Nat.Brut, Catapult, Pleiades Magazine, Platypus Press Shorts, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He received a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is currently living in Honolulu.


"Nuclear Family is a world unto itself: Joseph Han's novel is heartfelt and propulsive, immersing readers in a narrative whose questions of family, borders, queerness, and forgiveness constantly surprises and astounds. Han's prose is remarkable--both deadpan and compassionate--juggling the stories that we're told with the ones we seek to tell ourselves. Nuclear Family is a singular work, and Han's writing is truly special." --Bryan Washington, author of Memorial and Lot

Han will draw you in with his dry, slacker humor, his playful references to weed and Guy Fieri, but he will keep you reading with his heartfelt determination to tell a family saga that holds nothing back. Nuclear Family is about borders, both imposed and self-created, the family history and trauma we try to outrun, what happens when we inevitably fail to. A debut filled with ghosts that manages to still be so very alive. --Jean Kyoung Frazier, author of Pizza Girl

Nuclear Family is a rollicking, immersive family saga unlike any you've read before, a novel that explores the intergenerational legacy of trauma--and what it costs us to both survive and remember--while also delivering more than its share of laughs. Deft, candid, and perpetually surprising, Joseph Han's debut is one not to miss. --Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know

The Korean Demilitarized Zone is one of the most militarized borders in the world. A division created by US and Soviet forces after World War II, following the 35-year-long Japanese occupation of Korea. It is harder to weigh a complicated history of war that permanently exiles its victims. Joseph Han's Nuclear Family follows the perpetual victims of war who must continue to respond and learn to live through and within such a world--nevertheless. --E. J. Koh, author of The Magical Language of Others and A Lesser Love

Joseph Han's Nuclear Family is a moving exploration of the losses we inherit, the continual violence of borders, and the embodiedness of history. He shows us that what is so powerful and resurrective about mythmaking is not that it provides an escape from our world but that it allows us to see the deeper truths of it, to give agency to the buried, and to shape possibility across space and time and generations. Han writes with incredible empathy for the living and the dead, subverting borders of all kinds to illuminate intergenerational dynamics, labor, and the living marrow of memory. --K-Ming Chang, author of Bestiary

Nuclear Family manages to capture Hawaiʻi, North and South Korea, Guy Fieri and family-run delicatessens, teenage gloom, the weight of our family and ancestors, and settle them all onto an appetizing plate. A fresh, inventive, and at times, hilarious novel. --Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants