To the Kennels: And Other Stories

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About the Author
Hye-young Pyun was born in 1972 in Seoul and earned her undergraduate degree in creative writing and graduate degree in Korean literature from Hanyang University. Her published works include the short story collections Aoi Garden, To the Kennels, Evening Courtship, and Night Passes; and the novels City of Ash and Red, They Went to the Western Forest, The Law of Lines, The Hole, and Let the Dead. She has received many awards in Korea, including the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award, the Yi Hyo-Seok Literature Prize, the Today's Young Writer Award, the Dong-in Literary Award, the Yi Sang Literary Award, and the Contemporary Literature (Hyundai Munhak) Award. Her novel TheHole was the 2017 winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, and City of Ash and Red was an NPR Great Read. In 2019, she was awarded the Kim Yujeong Literary Award for her short story "Hotel Window." Her short stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and Words Without Borders. She currently teaches creative writing at Myongji University and lives in Seoul, Korea.

Sora Kim-Russell's translations include, besides The Hole, City of Ash and Red, The Law of Lines, and The Owl Cries by Hye-young Pyun, Un-su Kim's The Plotters; Hwang Sok-yong's At Dusk, which was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize; and Suah Bae's Nowhere to be Found. Her full list of publications can be found at She lives in Seoul, Korea.

Heinz Insu Fenkl's first novel, Memories of My Ghost Brother, was a Barnes and Noble "Great New Writer" selection and a PEN/Hemingway finalist. He has served on the editorial board of AZALEA: the Journal of Korean Literature & Culture and is a consulting editor for Words Without Borders. His translation of Kim Man-jung's seventeenth-century Buddhist novel, The Nine Cloud Dream, was published by Penguin Classics and his most recent novel, Skull Water, is one of The New Yorker's Best Books of 2023. He lives in the Hudson Valley, north of New York City.
The Owl Cries
"Hye-Young Pyun's stunning psychological thrillers delve deep into the horrors of being human and the oppressive mechanics of modern society, and
The Owl Cries demonstrates a writer at the top of her game."--CrimeReads, "Best International Crime Novels of 2023"
"Intense . . . fast-paced and all-consuming . . . A novel of secrets, isolation, and pain, The Owl Cries is another tightly executed feat of writing."--Book Riot
"Adventurous mystery fans should check this out."--Publishers Weekly

The Hole
Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award
"A Korean take on Misery." --Time, "Top 10 Thrillers to Read This Summer"
"[A] taut psychological thriller. . . . The Hole is an unshakable novel about the unfathomable depths of human need." --Shelf Awareness

City of Ash and Red
An NPR Great Read, a Barnes & Noble Best Horror Book of 2018, a CrimeReads Ten Best International Crime Fiction Selection
"City of Ash and Red will pull you into its nightmare."―NPR
"Kafkaesque . . . Those with a taste for creepy suspense will be rewarded."―Publishers Weekly
"Another gruesome masterpiece."―Crime Reads

The Law of Lines
A CrimeReads Best International Crime Novel of 2020
"[A] simmering thriller."--The New York Times Book Review
"[A] compelling ­existential thriller."--Wall Street Journal
"Pure, hard-scrabble noir . . . Harrowing and elegiac."--LitHub