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The Interpreter
by Suki Kim and Kim Suki


Overview - Suzy Park is a twenty-nine-year-old Korean American interpreter for the New York City court system who makes a startling and ominous discovery about her family history that will send her on a chilling quest. Five years prior, her parents--hardworking greengrocers who forfeited personal happiness for their children's gain--were brutally murdered in an apparent robbery of their store.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Suzy Park is a twenty-nine-year-old Korean American interpreter for the New York City court system who makes a startling and ominous discovery about her family history that will send her on a chilling quest. Five years prior, her parents--hardworking greengrocers who forfeited personal happiness for their children's gain--were brutally murdered in an apparent robbery of their store. But the glint of a new lead entices Suzy into the dangerous Korean underworld, and ultimately reveals the mystery of her parents' homicide.
Suki Kim was born and raised in South Korea and came to New York at the age of thirteen. Her writing has appeared in "The New York Review of Books," "The New York Times," "The Boston Globe," and "Newsweek." She is a graduate of Barnard College and lives in Manhattan.
2003 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award Winner
Suzy Park is a twenty-nine-year-old Korean-American interpreter for the New York City courts. During one court case she inadvertently makes a startling and ominous discovery about her family's history that will send her on a chilling quest. Five years earlier, her parents--hardworking greengrocers who forfeited personal happiness for their children's gain--were brutally murdered in an apparent robbery of their store. Or so Suzy believed. But now the glint of this new lead entices Suzy into a dangerous Korean underworld in the hope of unraveling the mystery of her parents' homicide.
Then come the hang-up calls on her answering machine and the anonymous delivery of irises on the anniversary of her parents' death. Suzy tries to reach her estranged sister, Grace, only to find that she has vanished. Grace was last seen renting a boat in Montauk. As Suzy searches for clues to her sister's disappearance, she finds both trails converging to reveal a devastating new perspective on her family's secret past.
A debut novel about the myth of the model Asian citizen and the dark side of the American Dream, "The Interpreter" traverses the distance between old worlds and new, poverty and privilege, language and understanding.
"Suki Kim's debut novel, "The Interpreter," is a melancholy study of a young Korean-American woman's alienation from both her Asian roots and her American environment. It's also a murder mystery. That Kim makes these two aspects of the novel work together suggests that she's a writer to keep an eye on . . . "The Interpreter" is clearly the work of a gifted writer."--Charles Matthews, "The Mercury News" (San Jose)
" With] the small beautiful shiver of sadness . . . Kim] speaks succinctly of memory, pain, isolation, and regret."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Fascinating . . . a seductive allegory spun out in appropriately broken prose that figures translation as detective work."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"More than a murder mystery . . . its fascination lies in how these traditional story lines, so often reassuring and affirming, here unsettle and disturb."--"The Boston Globe"
"We yearn for images and events that remind us of our immigrant cultures. Cuisine does it deliciously. Fashion does it whimsically. Suki Kim, in her first novel, does it with literary finesse . . . What is powerful and memorable about this book is place--not major metropolitan New York but the Korean community within it . . . Kim brings alive the wounds of the Korean immigrants, exploited by one another as they strain to make lives in this alien America. She describes daughters prevented from solid futures by the injuries of their childhoods. She presents characters one after another incapacitated by loss, incapable of love, inured to violence . . . "The Interpreter" is an engaging and haunting novel. It lingers in one's thoughts long past the last page."--Nora Seton, "Houston Chronicle"
"Bold and edgy, haunting and lyrical. In "The Interpreter" Suki Kim fractures the image of the happy Asian immigrant and reassembles it shard by compelling shard."--Manil Suri
"Kim zeroes in on the debilitating tensions of interpreting between languages, countries, childhood and adulthood, lies and secrets, sex and hurt, anger and love."--"The New York Daily News"
"Utterly absorbing . . . A stylish and elegant psychological mystery."--"The Toronto Globe and Mail"
"Suki's work is poetic and visionary, even while dealing with the grimmest of life's tragedies. She sees the world in great detail in terms of images, especially visual, and also delineates the subtle and important dynamics between human beings in a way that can reach transcendence. Her writing has a pristine, other-worldly quality. Suki takes no word, no rhythm, for granted."--Patricia Chao, author of "Monkey King," in "Korean Journal"
"The pleasure of reading a mystery lies in the slow fitting together of jigsaw puzzle pieces, the entire image finally, surprisingly, revealed in the last pages. When the mystery is good, when it is deftly crafted, original and fitted together by a complex, believable and interesting character, the enjoyment is intense. That's the pleasure of "The Interpreter," a stunning first novel by Suki Kim . . . Kim's novel quickly grabs us with a] richly detailed and compelling story . . . In these hauntingly enthralling pages, Kim expertly snaps her debut puzzle together and leaves us anxiously awaiting her next."--Thomas Haley, "Minneapolis Star-Tribune"
"Suki Kim's debut novel, "The Interpreter," is a melancholy study of a young Korean-American woman's alienation from both her Asian roots and her American environment. It's also a murder mystery. That Kim makes these two aspects of the novel work together suggests that she's a writer to keep an eye on . . . "The Interpreter" is clearly the work of a gifted writer."--Charles Matthews, "The San Jose Mercury News"
"Kim has come up with one of the most original and disturbing motives for murder that this reader has ever encountered. It brings into play loyalty, cultural differences, and the


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  • ISBN-13: 9780312422240
  • ISBN-10: 0312422245
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
  • Publish Date: January 2004
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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