Translations of Beauty by Mia Yun
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Translations of Beauty maps the tender yet tumultuous relationship of twin sisters Inah and Yunah, from their early years in South Korea to their coming-of-age in Queens, New York. At the heart of the narrative -- told from Yunah's intimate, engaging point of view -- is an unforgettable event from their childhood: an accident that disfigured Inah for life, and the overwhelming sadness and guilt Yunah feels at having been spared. Now that Inah and Yunah are adults, each in search of her own identity while trying to remain true to traditional family values, they must find a way to negotiate their past and become the people they dare -- and dream -- to be.
Emotionally charged and thought-provoking, Translations of Beauty is an insightful saga of the immigrant experience that will resonate with all readers.

About Mia Yun

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Mia Yun was born and raised in South Korea. She received her Master's Degree in Creative Writing from City College of New York. Her first novel, House of the Winds, received wide critical acclaim, and she has lectured extensively at literary events and universities. She has also worked as a reporter, translator, and freelance writer, and she is currently the Korea correspondent for the Evergreen Review. She lives in New York City. Visit her website at
Published November 1, 2007 by Atria Books. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Yunah narrates half of the story in flashback, describing the twins’ childhood, while in alternate chapters she gives a present-day account of her trip to visit Inah in Italy (where she has lately fled after dropping her graduate studies at Oxford and backpacking through India).

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But the narrator of this story, Korean-born Yunah, is overshadowed less by memories of the homeland than by her twin sister, Inah, whose forceful personality and inner demons are the focus of Yunah's narrative.

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Twins Inah and Yunah were born in 1973 in South Korea to married schoolteachers.

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