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The Interpreter

A Novel

Suki Kim

Picador

2003 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award Winner

Suzy Park is a twenty-nine-year-old Korean-American interpreter for the New York City courts. During one court case she inadvertently makes a startling and ominous discovery about her family's history that will send her on a chilling quest. Five years earlier, her parents—hardworking greengrocers who forfeited personal happiness for their children's gain—were brutally murdered in an apparent robbery of their store. Or so Suzy believed. But now the glint of this new lead entices Suzy into a dangerous Korean underworld in the hope of unraveling the mystery of her parents' homicide.

Then come the hang-up calls on her answering machine and the anonymous delivery of irises on the anniversary of her parents' death. Suzy tries to reach her estranged sister, Grace, only to find that she has vanished. Grace was last seen renting a boat in Montauk. As Suzy searches for clues to her sister's disappearance, she finds both trails converging to reveal a devastating new perspective on her family's secret past.

A debut novel about the myth of the model Asian citizen and the dark side of the American Dream, The Interpreter traverses the distance between old worlds and new, poverty and privilege, language and understanding.

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"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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Suki Kim

  • Suki Kim was born and raised in South Korea and came to New York at the age of thirteen. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Review of Books and The New York Times. She is a graduate of Barnard College and lives in Manhattan.
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The Interpreter

A Novel

Suki Kim

Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award - Nominee

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