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  • Love in the Big City, Sang Young Park, Anton Hur (transl.)
    Grove Press, 9780802158789, November 9, 2021 (Fiction)

    “A bold debut bringing refreshing honesty and candor to a young queer life in Seoul. This novel fills your head and makes you listen, reminds you to feel, and encourages you to look beyond the noise.”

    Carrie Koepke, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, MO

    “This is the first gay novel published in South Korea. Told from the perspective of a young gay man and set in South Korea, he finds his way as friendships ebb and flow. Not only is this about being a millennial, having fun and being lonely, Young finds his way as he navigates family, friends, and love interests. And in doing so, he slowly learns (possibly too late) the true meaning of relationships.”

    Audrey Huang, Belmont Books, Belmont, MA

    “I read Love in the Big City laughing, grimacing, and frequently with tears in my eyes, hooked and invested from page one. Sang Young Park's rendering of our yearning for love and companionship, so dry yet humane, is a joy to read. The narrator's voice is so honest and gritty, yet vulnerable — I found myself wanting to reach out and reassure him. I wept for this character who feels absolutely real, so well-rendered is his inner life and journey. Sang Young Park is a writer to watch!”

    -Amanda Qassar, Warwick’s, La Jolla, CA


    “Park is a gay author living in Seoul and navigating a series of friendships, boyfriends, and a complex relationship with his mother. Reading this joyous, heartbreaking, gorgeous novel, you will feel like you are there with him, experiencing the parties and clubs, the drudgery of daily life, and the vagaries of human connection. I read this powerful book in one breathless sitting while going through a rollercoaster of emotion.”

    -Ariana Paliobagis, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, MT


    "Sang Young Park's writing is crisp, bracing, tart, and refreshing as a handful of frozen blueberries. And you'll get that reference once you read this wonderful book."

    Chris Lee, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

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