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 Magical Language of Others, which won a Washington State Book Award, Pacific Northwest Book Award, and Association for Asian American Studies Book Award, and was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award. Koh is also the author of the poetry collection A Lesser Love, a Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry winner. Koh's work has appeared in AGNI, the Atlantic, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetry, Slate, World Literature Today, and elsewhere. Koh earned her MFA at Columbia University and her PhD at the University of Washington, and has received National Endowment for the Arts and MacDowell fellowships. She lives in Seattle, Washington.


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.