Life in hip NYC with a modern 22-year-old Korean-American feminist struggling with jobs, money and love.
Witty, poignant memoir about mother-daughter conflict in a Korean-American family in LA.
Once the Shore: Stories by Paul Yoon
Beautifully crafted short story collection of families on a fictional Korean island, from the Japanese occupation to contemporary times.
Once They Hear My Name: Korean Adoptees and Their Journeys Toward Identity by Ellen Lee, Marilyn Lammert, and Mary Anne Hess
Riveting, honest narratives from nine adoptees who grew up in white families.
Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee
A richly detailed novel about a 28-year-old man working as a private spy in NYC, with vivid accounts of immigrant struggles and Korean-American life.
Three noir novels with a disaffected Korean-American protagonist named Allen Choice (from Choi), wrestling with identity issues while investigating crimes.
A 20-year-old adoptee drops out of college to undertake a difficult journey to Korea where she tries to learn Korean, look for her birth family, and find herself.
Stop Me if You’ve Heard This Before by David Yoo
Teenage angst novel about a high school student who’s gotten used to being a loser until he develops a relationship with a popular girl.
The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim
Just-released coming-of-age novel of a young girl born at the beginning of the Japanese occupation, beautifully crafted with memorable characters.
Everlasting Empire by Yi In-Hwa
Bestseller Korean historical novel in English translation, of late Chosun Dynasty court intrigue and mystery.
The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble
Parallel and interwoven narratives of an English scholar at a modern-day academic conference in Seoul and 18th-century Crown Princess Hyegyong, whose memoir the scholar reads.