Indies Introduce


  • Nuclear Family, Joseph Han
    Counterpoint Press, 9781640094864, June 7, 2022 (Fiction)

    “Joseph Han crashes onto the literary scene with this wildly original magical realist/political satire/family comedy that piles together a stoner gal in Hawaiʻi, her straight-arrow brother, cranky deli-owner parents, and the spirit of their dead Korean grandfather on an afterlife mission of cultural healing. Smart, funny, sad, bawdy, sweet and sour; if this book were pizza it would be a hot, delicious ham and pineapple.”

    - Jonathan Hawpe, Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville, KY

    “Honestly, I was amazed at the creativity and heart of this debut. Part family drama, part ghost story, part socio-political commentary, and all gold. This is a modern classic in my book.”

    Stacey Morin-Wilson, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

    Nuclear Family is a story of the chain that connects a family from past to present. Set in the months leading up to the 2018 false missile alert in Hawaiʻi, Joseph Han has created a story of a family in a global community. The Cho’s, a Korean American family living in Hawaiʻi, are headed for success as restaurateurs when their son, Joseph, is filmed running across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea. They don’t see that the ghost of his grandfather possesses him and is the cause of the event. The video goes viral, and as it does, the family’s success diminishes.”

    Calvin Crosby, The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT

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