The story of four damaged girls who love and avenge one another in the playground of New York’s Korea-town.
Reminiscent of Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides and Joyce Carol Oates’s Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang, The Queens of K-town introduces us to twenty-six-year-old Cora Moon. She returns to New York bruised, broken-hearted, and on the verge of ending it all. Ten years after she watched her best friend leap off the roof of a building, she’s trying to hold onto the pieces of her own fragile existence while reliving her past.
Her days are flooded with memories of her first summer there, when she became entrenched in a tight-knit group of girls who roamed the fluorescent alleyways of K-town. Along with her new teenage friends—Bev, Mina, and Soo Young—Cora navigated the fast-paced maze of nightclubs and hostess bars, engaging in backroom brawls and disastrous private meals with Korean mafia members.
A haunting tale of desire and loss, and sex and suicide, The Queens of K-Town marks the arrival of a brave new voice in fiction.
Angela Mi Young Hur was born in Los Angeles and raised in Gardena, California. She attended Andover, Harvard, and Notre Dame, where she received her MFA and was a Sparks Fellow and the Managing Editor of the Notre Dame Review. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Sparks Prize, which allowed her to write full-time for a year. She currently lives in Long Beach. The Queens of K-town is her first novel.
“[Hur’s] language is vivid…Her characters are intriguing and seem to glimmer and blaze on the page…a beautiful and ambitious novel…Hur's is a strident, inventive new voice.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
Publication Date: August 17, 2007
trim size: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.8