Miss Kim Knows: And Other Stories (Paperback)

Miss Kim Knows: And Other Stories By Cho Nam-joo, Jamie Chang (Translated by) Cover Image
By Cho Nam-joo, Jamie Chang (Translated by)
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From the international best-selling author of Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, a collection exploring the intimacies of contemporary Korean womanhood.

A woman is born. A woman is filmed in public without consent. A woman suffers domestic violence. A woman is gaslit. A woman is discriminated against at work. A woman grows old. A woman becomes famous. A woman is hated, and loved, and then hated again.

Written in Cho Nam-joo’s signature razor-sharp prose, Miss Kim Knows follows eight women, ranging from preteens to octogenarians, as they confront how gender shapes and orders their lives. In “Under the Plum Tree,” Mallyeo feels existential as she bears witness to her sister’s final days; in “Dear Hyunnam Oppa,” a college graduate musters the courage to leave her partner; and in “Grown-Up Girl,” a mother finally confronts her generational biases for the sake of her daughter. “Despite her characters’ hardship and disappointments, there is mischief and glee to be found in these pages” (Hephzibah Anderson, Observer), resulting in another riveting read from an essential voice in world literature.

About the Author

Cho Nam-joo was a television scriptwriter for nine years. She is the author of Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, longlisted for the National Book Award for Translation, and most recently, Saha.

Jamie Chang is an award-winning translator who teaches at the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781324095316
ISBN-10: 1324095318
Publisher: Liveright
Publication Date: October 29th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English