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  • “We didn’t call the police right away.” Those are the electric first words of Angie Kim’s extraordinary novel Happiness Falls about a biracial Korean American family in Virginia whose lives are upended when their beloved father and husband goes missing. Full of shocking twists and fascinating  questions of love, language, and human connection, it is a mystery, a family drama, and a novel of profound philosophical inquiry. Angie Kim turns the missing-person story into something wholly original, creating an indelible tale of a family who must go to remarkable lengths to truly understand one another.
  • In Jean Kwok’s The Leftover Woman, Jasmine Yang arrives in New York City from her rural Chinese village without money or family support, fleeing a controlling husband, on a desperate search for the daughter who was taken from her at birth—another female casualty of China’s controversial One Child Policy. But with her husband on her trail, the clock is ticking, and she’s forced to make increasingly risky decisions if she ever hopes to be reunited with her daughter. It is a profound exploration of identity and belonging, motherhood and family.
  • Angie Kim moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea, to the suburbs of Baltimore. She is the author of the new novel, Happiness Falls. Angie Kim lives in northern Virginia with her family.
  • Jean Kwok is the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her new book is The Leftover Woman. She divides her time between the Netherlands and New York City.
Production Date: 
Sunday, October 15, 2023 - 14:30

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