The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir


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Tin House Books
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5.8 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

E. J. Koh is the author of the poetry collection A Lesser Love, winner of the Pleiades Press Editors Prize, and co-translator of Yi Won's The World's Lightest Motorcycle, forthcoming from Zephyr Press. Her poems, translations, and stories have appeared in Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and World Literature Today, among others. She earned her MFA in Literary Translation and Creative Writing from Columbia University, and is completing the PhD program at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a recipient of MacDowell and Kundiman fellowships.


The Magical Language of Others is an exquisite, challenging, and stunning memoir. E. J. Koh intricately melds her personal story with a broader view of Korean history. Through these pages, you are asked to experience one family's heartbreak, trauma, and complex love for each other. This memoir will pierce you.--Crystal Hana Kim, If You Leave Me
A powerful look at family, culture, language, and selfhood.
A coming-of-age story, a family story, and a meditation on language and translation, with an emotional range to match.--Caitlin Horrocks, The Vexations
A haunting, gorgeous narrative...lushly told. Brilliant.
Magnificent. ... This is a memoir that needs to be read more than once.
Koh draws on a rich mastery of language and contemplation as a poet, weaving a powerful narrative of strength and longing that collapses generations of history and distance in one brilliant reckoning of what it means to forgive and still remain tender.
Gorgeous, lyrical, painful, poignant and hopeful.
The Magical Language of Others is a masterpiece, a love letter to mothers and daughters everywhere.