Everything Asian

A Novel

Sung J. Woo

Thomas Dunne Books

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You're twelve years old. A month has passed since your Korean Air flight landed at lovely Newark Airport. Your fifteen-year-old sister is miserable. Your mother isn't exactly happy, either. You're seeing your father for the first time in five years, and although he's nice enough, he might be, well--how can you put this delicately?--a loser.

You can't speak English, but that doesn't stop you from working at East Meets West, your father's gift shop in a strip mall, where everything is new.

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Everything Asian

I WAS WAITING TO USE our apartment’s only bathroom, shifting from foot to foot, when the door burst open and my sister walked out, her eyes raw and puffy, followed closely by Mother, arms tautly alert, ready to catch her if she fell, if she melted, if she died.

My sister had chosen this day, my twelfth birthday, to try to kill herself, or at least to pretend to kill herself. Looking back on that day now, I can see it was merely a stunt to gain attention, and even then I think I knew she was bluffing, but still, I couldn’t ignore the blue dish and

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Praise for Everything Asian

“A tender, funny, beautifully written novel-in-stories, each a sparkling step in the coming-of-age journey of a boy straddling two cultures with remarkable humor and grace. First-time author Sung Woo has created both lasting characters and a timeless portrait of a community.”
- A. Manette Ansay, author of Vinegar Hill and Blue Water

“In its clear-eyed take on family and community, Everything Asian is Everything American. The proprietors of this roadside New Jersey shopper's village are by turns dreamy and despairing as their fortunes--like the local economy--change. Sung J. Woo has crafted a debut rich in character and event.”
- Stewart O’Nan, author of Songs for the Missing

“Cleverly concatenated…recounts with both humor and pathos growing up and gradual Americanization. A novel that both delights and instructs.”
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


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Sung J. Woo

SUNG J. WOO's short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and KoreAm Journal. His short film was an audience choice screening of the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival 2008. A graduate of Cornell University with an MFA from New York University, he lives in Washington, New Jersey.

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Everything Asian
A Novel
Sung J. Woo

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429937139
ISBN10: 1429937130
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
July 2010
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ISBN: 9780312385095
ISBN10: 0312385099
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Plus 20 black-and-white line drawings throughout
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