Beasts of a Little Land
by Juhea Kim
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Pub Date 03 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 10 Feb 2022
An expansive epic spanning the turbulent decades of Korea's fight for independence, perfect for fans of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko.
Beasts take many shapes...
It is 1917, and Korea is yet to be divided into north and south. With the threat of famine looming, a young girl named Jade is sold by her family to Miss Silver's courtesan school in cosmopolitan Pyongyang, an act of desperation that will cement her place in the lowest social status. But the city's days as a haven are numbered. The Japanese invasion is coming.
Jade flees to Seoul where she forms a deep friendship with an orphan boy called JungHo, who scrapes together a living begging on the streets. As Jade becomes a sought-after performer with unexpected romantic prospects, JungHo is swept up in the revolutionary fight for independence. Soon Jade must decide between following her own ambitions, or risking everything for the one she loves.
From the perfumed chambers of the courtesan school to the glamorous cafes of a modernising Seoul, the unforgettable characters of Beasts of a Little Land unveil a world where friends become enemies and enemies become saviours, where heroes are persecuted and beasts take many shapes.
'A spectacular debut filled with great characters and heart.' Lisa See, author of The Island of Sea Women
'Stunning... Profound... This novel will devastate you and then still you with its wise meditations on love and loss. I couldn’t put it down.' - Alexis Schaitkin, author of Saint X
'Juhea Kim's sweeping debut is pure reading pleasure. Rapturous, ravishing, and gorgeously rendered, Beasts of a Little Land is a portal to a whole world teeming with life, so full of wonders I wanted it never to end.' - Catherine Chung, author of The Tenth Muse
'An epic historical tale' - USA Today
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When I finished this book it took me a while to get my breath back, that's how good this book actually is I was breathless. It is captivating, compelling and stunning with vivid descriptions that makes the reader feel like they are right there with the characters. Emotive and unique I loved it
Amazing! I was on a mission to read more Asian literature and this has absolutely hit the spot. I didn’t know anything about Korea in the early 1900s, but I have learnt so much just through enjoying this book.
I think this will be one of the hottest reads of 2022.
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