BESTSELLING TRADITION: Perfect for fans of Min Jin Lee, Ruth Ozeki, Lisa See, and more.
DIVERSE VOICES AUTHOR: Sumi Hahn is writing from a place she recognizes. At a time when appetite for more stories from a greater variety of cultures is particularly whet, The Mermaid from Jeju delivers with authentic characters, setting, and conflicts.
PITCH PERFECT HISTORICAL: Readers are still craving women’s fiction set in/around the second World War, but it’s not as tired as WWII fiction set in Western Europe. The Mermaid from Jeju takes readers to a little known island in Korea with just as much drama.
Praise for The Mermaid from Jeju:
A POPSUGAR Best Book of December 2020
An AMAZON Editors Pick December 2020
A SHE READS Best Historical Fiction Novel Winter 2021
A BUSTLE Most Anticipated Winter 2021 Read
A LIBRO.FM Influencer Pick, December 2020
“A poetic rumination on grief and wartime.”
“Through poetic prose, Junja's journey through love and loss is deftly navigated.”
“A transporting masterpiece.”
—Booklist, starred review
“Hahn brilliantly carries the reader through Junja’s life...[and] masterfully captures the devastating effects of loss and grief.”
"A poignant, original book about women’s strength, the human cost of war, and how people come to terms with painful memories . . . satisfying and meaningful."
—Historical Novels Review
“A rich, complex, utterly absorbing novel, the kind of book to get lost in.”
“Hahn creates a world alive with dreams, with gods, with tradition, and the richness of a rural Korean culture.”
—New York Journal of Books
“A deftly scripted novel from beginning to end…[Hahn exhibits] a genuine flair for originality and a distinctive style of narrative storytelling.”
—Midwest Book Review
"A searing story of grief, love, fate, and fascinating post-WWII Korean history, woven with poetic finesse. A soaring, inspiring debut that left me breathless."
—Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names
“[Hahn's] poetic and powerful prose makes us believe in magic and reconfirms the transformative power of storytelling.”
—Nguy?n Phan Qu? Mai, bestselling author of The Mountains Sing
“Both vivid and introspective, a touching meditation on the bonds of family and the importance of place.”
—Olivia Hawker, bestselling author of The Ragged Edge of Night
“An entrancing novel, brimming with lyricism and magic.”
—Jennifer Rosner, author of The Yellow Bird Sings
“Original, luminous and lyrical…The Mermaid from Jeju is a precious pearl of a book. We need to hear more voices, like Sumi Hahn’s, that shed light on little-known pockets of history in literature.”
—Kirsty Manning, author of The Song of the Jade Lily
“A poignant portrait of love, family, and sacrifice...Haunted me long after I finished the last page.”
—Alan Hlad, international and USA Today bestselling author of The Long Flight Home
“A riveting, heartfelt tale that bears witness to the suffering of those who struggled to survive a tumultuous time in the history of South Korea.”
—Amita Trasi, international bestselling author of The Color of Our Sky
“Hahn is a masterful storyteller...The result is a book that will stay with you.”
—Karin Tanabe, author of A Hundred Suns
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