Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon
A Novel

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6 Critic Reviews

Moving back and forth between Yohan's adjustment to living in a Brazilian coastal town and his memories of childhood as well as of a period spent as a prisoner in an American hospital camp, it is a lovely novel, subtly rendered, operating "as though someone, somewhere, were dreaming this and he had crossed into it without permission.
-LA Times

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"At once as delicate and durable as the filament a spider weaves...the finest of fables...a small but radiant star in the current literary firmament." -Dallas Morning News

"[A] quotidian-surreal craft-master." -New York Magazine
Yoon's highly anticipated debut novel SNOW HUNTERS promises to be even more beloved than the collection of stories that introduced him to the literary world.  Snow Hunters traces the extraordinary journey of Yohan, who defects from his country at the end of the Korean War, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life on the coast of Brazil. Throughout his years there, four people slip in and out of his life: Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor for whom he works; Peixe, the groundskeeper at the town church; and two vagrant children named Santi and Bia. Yohan longs to connect with these people, but to do so he must let go of his traumatic past.


In Snow Hunters, Yoon proves that love can dissolve loneliness, that hope can wash away despair, and that a man who has lost a country can find a new home. This is a heartrending story of second chances, told with unerring elegance and tenderness.
 

About Paul Yoon

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Paul Yoon was born in New York City. His first book was the story collection Once the Shore. It was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Best Debut Fiction by National Public Radio, and won the Asian American Literary Award and the 5 under 35 award from the National Book Foundation.
 
Published August 6, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 225 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Snow Hunters
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Tatjana Soli on Aug 16 2013

Despite the bleak circumstances, the pleasures of “Snow Hunters” are many, and they begin with Yoon’s prose, at once lyrical and precise, as in this description of Yohan standing in front of his new home in the early morning: “The rain continued to fall.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 29 2013

...readers sympathetic to the trauma of losing one’s past and the isolation of displacement will be stirred.

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NPR

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Reviewed by Alana Levinson on Aug 15 2013

Yohan is about to catch a boat to Brazil and start a new life as a Japanese tailor's apprentice – and as he rides away in a UN truck, he "shut his eyes and dreamed of castles." This power of this image is in its simplicity, and as the rest of the book unfolds, that minimalism becomes the story's driving, masterful force.

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Kirkus

Good
on May 30 2013

A minimalist, well-crafted story about an austere man predisposed to avoidance who ultimately needs the people who fill up his empty spaces.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by Mark Athitakis on Aug 03 2013

Yoon is a lyrical writer, weaving taut and simple sentences with expanded and rhythmic ones. Every line is engineered to matter in a book like this one...

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LA Times

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Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Aug 23 2013

Moving back and forth between Yohan's adjustment to living in a Brazilian coastal town and his memories of childhood as well as of a period spent as a prisoner in an American hospital camp, it is a lovely novel, subtly rendered, operating "as though someone, somewhere, were dreaming this and he had crossed into it without permission.

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