If I Had Your Face
by Frances Cha
Pub Date 28 May 2020
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A glitteringly dark and unsettling debut novel about four young women struggling to survive in South Korea
'Absolutely stunning . . . Assured, bold, and electrifying, If I Had Your Face marks the entrance of a bright new voice in fiction' Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX
'Engrossing... Each voice in this quartet cuts through the pages so cleanly and clearly that the overall effect is one of dangerously glittering harmony' Helen Oyeyemi, author of GINGERBREAD
If I Had Your Face plunges us into the mesmerizing world of contemporary Seoul - a place where extreme plastic surgery is as routine as getting a haircut, where women compete for spots in secret 'room salons' to entertain wealthy businessmen after hours, where K-Pop stars are the object of all-consuming obsession, and ruthless social hierarchies dictate your every move.
Navigating this hyper-competitive city are four young women balancing on the razor-edge of survival: Kyuri, an exquisitely beautiful woman whose hard-won status at an exclusive 'room salon' is threatened by an impulsive mistake with a client; her flatmate Miho, an orphan who wins a scholarship to a prestigious art school in New York, where her life becomes tragically enmeshed with the super-wealthy offspring of the Korean elite; Wonna, their neighbour, pregnant with a child that she and her husband have no idea how they will afford to raise in a fiercely competitive economy; and Ara, a hair stylist living down the hall, whose infatuation with a fresh-faced K-Pop star drives her to violent extremes.
'I devoured it in a single sitting, and so will you' Janice Lee, NYT Bestselling Author of THE PIANO TEACHER
'Frances Cha, like her quartet of narrators, has a rebel’s heart.' —Jonathan Dee, author of THE LOCALS
'Few American novelists know Seoul the way Frances Cha does, and in her intimate, panoramic debut, she brings that dazzling city to life.' — Ed Park, author of PERSONAL DAYS