After twenty years of marriage, Mary Jude has had enough of Benjamin. “A thousand Benjamins couldn’t make me happy,” she says. Lost in the monotony of daily life and the undertow of memories, Benjamin meets Kim, a woman eighteen years his junior who bears a sadness in her green eyes that is connected to a scar that runs from the base of her throat to her ribs. Slowly, Benjamin and Kim, who for entirely different reasons believe themselves beyond repair, begin to admit that this might actually be the time of their lives.
Michael Kun is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia Law School. His first novel, A Thousand Benjamins (Atlantic Monthly Press), was published in 1990. His short stories have appeared in Other Voices, Fiction, StoryQuarterly, and Cottonwood, among other publications. He lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is working on a new novel, a short story collection, and a children's book.
“Rarely is a first novel as graceful, polished and mature as this debut…it resonates with bittersweet insights….This novel deserves serious attention as the herald of a truly interesting new voice.”
— Publishers Weekly
Publication Date: January 19, 2007
trim size: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.1