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Short Synopsis
Sonya Chung's astonishing first novel tells the story of a family divided between contemporary America and a small Korean town. Long for This World is about loss and renewal and what it means to go home.

Full Synopsis
In 1953, on a remote island in South Korea, a young boy stows away on the ferry that is carrying his older brother and sister-in-law to the mainland. Fifty-two years later, Han Hyun-kyu is on a plane back to Korea, leaving behind his wife and grown children in America. It is his daughter, Jane—a war photographer recently injured in a bombing in Baghdad and forced to return to New York—who journeys to find him in the South Korean town where his brothers have settled. Here, father and daughter take refuge from their demons, unearth passions, and, in the wake of tragedy, discover something deeper and more enduring than they'd imagined possible.

Long for This World is a pointillist triumph—depicting whole worlds through the details of a carefully prepared meal or a dark childhood memory. But author Sonya Chung is also working on a massive scale, effortlessly moving between domestic intimacies and the global stage—Iraq, Paris, Darfur, Syria—to illuminate the relationship between troubled world affairs and personal devastation. The result is a profound portrayal of the human experience, both large and small. Long for This World establishes Chung as a thrilling new voice in fiction.

"An intricately structured and powerfully resonant portrait of lives lived at the crossroads of culture, and a family torn between the old world and the new." ---Kate Walbert, National Book Award finalist and author of A Short History of Women

"Rich in cultural understanding and emotional insight. Sonya Chung is an extremely talented writer." ---Mary Yukari Waters, author of the O. Henry Prize winner The Laws of Evening

"Switching deftly between different characters' points of view, Chung portrays with precision and grace each character's struggle to find his or her place in the family and in the world." ---Publishers Weekly

"[Huber] deftly manages the large range of characters, settings, and time spans, ensuring that this epic story of several generations, taking place across many countries, is easily followed by the listener." ---AudioFile

Long for This World

A Novel

Author Sonya Chung

Narrated by Hillary Huber

Publication date Mar 22, 2010

Running time 10 hrs

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