O Beautiful


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$27.99  $26.03
St. Martin's Press
Publish Date
5.75 X 8.5 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Jung Yun was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. Her debut novel, Shelter was long-listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and a semi-finalist for Good Reads' Best Fiction Book of 2016. A 2018 MacDowell fellow, her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Tin House, and others. She lives in Baltimore, and serves as an assistant professor at the George Washington University.


"Enthralling and thought-provoking...Explore[s] larger questions about power and belonging in modern America....A quiet and dangerous story and an insightful meditation on how to make our lives here, amid the beauty and horror of our country."--Crystal Hana Kim, The Washington Post

"This mesmerizing and timely novel, the author's second, provides an on-ramp into conversations about racism, environmentalism, journalism, economics and sisterhood."--Elizabeth Egan, The New York Times, Editors' Choice

"A gripping page turner...I love this book because Yun doesn't provide any easy answers to complex questions, the characters and setting are cinematically rendered, and the writing is just sublime."--Elizabeth Greenwood, San Francisco Chronicle, "15 Best Books of 2021"

"Revelatory...Yun successfully takes on a host of hot button subjects, drilling through them with her protagonist's laser-eyed focus."--Publishers Weekly

"As propulsive as a mystery, as evocative of time and place as historical fiction, and as breathtakingly timely as contemporary fiction or journalism...Insightful, shrewd, and surprisingly tender and heartfelt, O BEAUTIFUL is a searingly current and necessary addition to every bookshelf and library, and a courageous portrait of a country on the brink of unwinding."--Rebecca Munro, Bookreporter.com

"With a shrewd eye and sharp sense of humor, Yun finds in the familiar tale of one woman's return to her small town roots a story as big as the nation itself." --Rumaan Alam, New York Times bestselling author of Leave the World Behind

"A grand and stunning piece of work, at times humorous, sad, and breathtaking."--Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Known World

"While serving as a snapshot of our contemporary moment, O Beautiful opens us up to the expanse of a woman's life while walking us through the fast-moving and deeply devastating days of a community's unwinding."--Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Ballad and A Land More Kind Than Home

"O Beautiful will make you think and see anew the strangeness and complexity of race, class, and gender in this page-turning, tender novel that journeys into the heart of America." --Krys Lee, author of How I Became a North Korean