Once the Shore, Paul Yoon


Once the Shore, Paul Yoon


2010 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree
The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2009
Publishers Weekly’s 100 Best Books of 2009
NPR’s Best Debut Fiction of 2009
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2009 Holiday Books
Winner of the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares

Spanning over half a century—from the years just before the Korean War to the present—the eight stories in this collection reveal an intricate and unforgettable portrait of a single island in the South Pacific. Novelistic in scope, daring in its varied environments,Once the Shore introduces a remarkable new voice in international fiction.

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Paul Yoon was born in New York City. His first book, Once the Shore, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and as a Best Debut of the Year by National Public Radio. It also won the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction and a 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation. He lives in Massachusetts with the author Laura van den Berg. For more information, visit: snowhunters.tumblr.com

What critics have to say about Once the Shore:

"So persuasive are Yoon's powers of invention that I went searching for his Solla Island somewhere off the mainland of South Korea—not realizing that it exists only in this breathtaking collection of eight interlinked stories...Yoon's writing results in a fully formed, deftly executed debut. The lost lives, while heartbreaking, prove illuminating in Yoon's made-up world, so convincing and real. To read is truly to believe."
San Francisco Chronicle

“Paul Yoon writes stories the way Fabergé made eggs: with untold craftsmanship, artistry, and delicacy. Again and again another layer of intricacy is revealed, proving that something as small as a story can be as satisfying and moving as a Russian novel.”
—Ann Patchett

“These are lovely stories, rendered with a Chekhovian elegance. They span from post–World War II to the new millennium, with characters of different ethnicities, yet each story has a timelessness and relevance that's haunting and unforgettable. Yoon is a sparkling new writer to welcome and celebrate.”
—Don Lee

“These are splendid stories, at once lyrical and plain-spoken and full of unusual realities. Once the Shore is a kind of fantastic Korean gazetteer that tours us confidently through unpredictable incidents and often startling conversations—Paul Yoon’s writing is erotic, haunting, original and worldly.”
—Howard Norman