Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Interpreter

The Interpreter

A Novel

Suki Kim

Farrar, Straus and Giroux




A striking first novel about the dark side of the American Dream

Suzy Park is a twenty-nine-year-old Korean American interpreter for the New York City court system. Young, attractive, and achingly alone, she makes a startling and ominous discovery during one court case that forever alters her family's history. Five years prior, her parents--hardworking greengrocers who forfeited personal happiness for their children's gain--were brutally murdered in an apparent robbery of their fruit and vegetable stand. Or so Suzy believed. But the glint of a new lead entices Suzy into the dangerous Korean underworld, and ultimately reveals the mystery of her parents' homicide.

An auspicious debut about the myth of the model Asian citizen, The Interpreter traverses the distance between old worlds and new, poverty and privilege, language and understanding.

Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award - Nominee


Excerpt from The Interpreter by Suki Kim. Copyright © 2003 by Suki Kim. To be published in January, 2003 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.

CIGARETTE AT 9 A.M. is a sure sign of desperation. Doesn't happen to her...


Praise for The Interpreter

“Fascinating. . . a seductive allegory spun out in appropriately broken prose, that figures translation as detective work.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“[With] the small beautiful shiver of sadness. . . [Kim] speaks succinctly of memory, pain, isolation, and regret.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Deftly crafted, original, and fitted together by a complex, believable and interesting character, the enjoyment is intense... . .A stunning first novel. . .In these hauntingly enthralling pages, Kim expertly snaps her debut puzzle together.” —Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

“Powerful and memorable. . .engaging and haunting. . .It lingers in one's thoughts long past the last page.” —Houston Chronicle

“Bold and edgy, haunting and suspenseful. In The Interpreter Suki Kim fractures the image of the happy Asian immigrant and reassembles it shard by compelling shard.” —Manil Suri, author of The Death of Vishnu

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Suki Kim

Suki Kim was born and raised in South Korea and came to New York at the age of thirteen. She is a graduate of Barnard College and lives in Manhattan. The Interpreter is her first novel.

Suki Kim

From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Latest on Facebook