The Interpreter by Suki Kim

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A striking first novel about the dark side of the American Dream

Suzy Park is a twenty-nine-year-old Korean American interpreter for the New York City court system. Young, attractive, and achingly alone, she makes a startling and ominous discovery during one court case that forever alters her family's history. 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 fruit and vegetable stand. Or so Suzy believed. But the glint of a new lead entices Suzy into the dangerous Korean underworld, and ultimately reveals the mystery of her parents' homicide.

An auspicious debut about the myth of the model Asian citizen, The Interpreter traverses the distance between old worlds and new, poverty and privilege, language and understanding.


About Suki Kim

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Suki Kim was born and raised in South Korea and came to New York at the age of thirteen. She is a graduate of Barnard College and lives in Manhattan. The Interpreter is her first novel.
Published January 1, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 313 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A ghostlike first novel follows the dispirited meanderings of a Korean-American woman in downtown Manhattan as she investigates the murder of her grocery-owner parents five years before.

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Publishers Weekly

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Interpreter Suzy Park, the 29-year-old protagonist of this ambitious first novel, carries a lot of baggage: two rocky relationships with married men, estrangement from her sister, a series of unsatisfying jobs and the guilt of having cut ties with her parents before both were shot dead in an unso...

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Suzy's older sister Grace, who angrily cut herself off from Suzy and her parents many years before, might know more about the mysterious deaths, but Grace is suddenly missing.

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Entertainment Weekly

In the strongest parts of her first novel, Kim compellingly describes the nuances of Korean immigrant life by exploring the consciousness of 29-year-old Suzy Park, the Americanized daughter of New York City grocers who died in an unsolved murder.

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