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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Pegasus Books
Publication date September 15, 2015
Pages 369
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781605988634
ISBN-10 1605988634
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.18 lbs.
Original list price $25.95
Summaries and Reviews
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The highly anticipated release of the most personal novel by Kyung-Sook Shin, who first burst on to the literary scene with the New York Times bestseller, Please Look After Mom.

Homesick and alone, a teen-aged girl has just arrived in Seoul to work in a factory. Her family, still in the countryside, is too impoverished to keep sending her to school, so she works long, sun-less days on a stereo-assembly line, struggling through night school every evening in order to achieve her dream of becoming a writer.

Korea’s brightest literary star sets this complex and nuanced coming-of-age story against the backdrop of Korea’s industrial sweatshops of the 1970’s and takes on the extreme exploitation, oppression, and urbanization that helped catapult Korea’s economy out of the ashes of war. But it was girls like Shin’s heroine who formed the bottom of Seoul’s rapidly changing social hierarchy, forgotten and ignored. 

Richly autobiographical, The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness lays bare the conflict and confusion Shin faces as she confronts her past and the sweeping social change of the past half-century. Cited in Korea as one of the most important literary novels of the decade, this novel cements Shin’s legacy as one of the most insightful and exciting writers of her generation.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780521353731 Book cover for 9781605988634
 
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With Ha-Yun Jung (other contributor) | from Pegasus Books (September 15, 2015)
9781605988634 | details & prices | 369 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.18 lbs | List price $25.95
About: The highly anticipated release of the most personal novel by Kyung-Sook Shin, who first burst on to the literary scene with the New York Times bestseller, Please Look After Mom.
With Thomas M. Truxes | from Cambridge Univ Pr (December 1, 1988); titled "Irish-American Trade, 1660-1783"
9780521353731 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $83.99
This edition also contains Irish-American Trade, 1660-1783
About: An important contribution to both the new history of colonial British America and revisionist Irish economic and social history, this book assaults well established myths depicting Irish involvement in transatlantic trade as subordinate to narrow British interests.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781504636926
 
With Ha-Yun Jung (other contributor), Emily Woo Zeller (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (September 15, 2015)
9781504636926 | details & prices | 5.50 × 6.00 × 1.50 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $34.95
About: [Translated by Ha-yun Jung] [Read by Emily Woo Zeller] The highly anticipated release of the most personal novel by Kyung-sook Shin, who first burst onto the literary scene with the New York Times bestseller Please Look after Mom Homesick and alone, a teenage girl has just arrived in Seoul to work in a factory.
Library
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With Ha-Yun Jung (other contributor) | Large print edition from Center Point Pub (March 1, 2016)
9781628998894 | details & prices | 518 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $35.95
About: Homesick and alone, a teenaged girl has just arrived in Seoul to work in a factory.

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