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How I Became a North Korean

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Award-winning author Krys Lee speaks to the release of her debut novel, How I Became a North Korean, at this first cultural event at the Korea Society’s new location at 350 Madison Avenue at 45th Street. A Yonsei University assistant professor of creative writing, Krys Lee is a recipient of the Rome Prize and finalist for the BBC International Short Story Award. This captivating new release tells the story of three young people who struggle to make new lives in the dangerous area where China borders North Korea. Krys Lee appears in conversation with Korea Society senior director and Columbia University professor Stephen Noerper. A signing and reception follows the discussion.

How I Became a North Korean


Krys Lee    


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About the Novel


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Three disparate characters’ lives converge when they flee their homes and find themselves in a small Chinese town just across from North Korea. As they fight to survive in a place where danger seems to close in on all sides, in the form of government informants, husbands, thieves, abductors, and even missionaries, they come to form a kind of adoptive family.

Transporting the reader to one of the least-known environments in the world, and exploring how humanity persists even in the most desparate circumstances, How I Became a North Korean is a brilliant and essential first novel by one of our most promising writers. (Jacket text)

Special thanks to Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC


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