Brandt & Hochman Agency
Published by
Knopf (2021-08)
Current material
Final Pages
Original language
Biography, Literature & Literary studies



by Choi, Yoon

Eight novelles in one book by a new literary voice.

A long-married couple is forced to confront their friend's painful past when a church revival comes to a nearby town...

A woman in an arranged marriage struggles to connect with the son she hid from her husband for years...

A well-meaning sister unwittingly reunites an abuser with his victims...

Through the lives of an indelible array of individuals Yoon Choi explores the Korean-American experience at its interstices: Where first and second generations either clash or find common ground. Where meaning falls in the cracks between languages. Where relationships bend under the weight of tenderness and disappointment. Where displacement turns to heartbreak.

Suffused with a profound understanding of humanity, SKINSHIP is, ultimately, a searing look at the failure of intimacy to show us who the people we love truly are.

YOON CHOI was born in Korea and moved to the U.S. at the age of three. She has an MFA from Johns Hopkins and is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Narrative, and Best American Short Stories 2018. She lives with her husband and four children in Anaheim, California.

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Think Alice Munro. Think Tobias Wolff. Think Lucia Berlin. Yoon Choi is a writer whose talents must be measured on the Richter scale. The eight rich stories in this debut collection SKINSHIP send tremors through our sensibilities, forcing us to reimagine the bonds that secure families, marriages, and generations. The rolling cadence of Choi's proseat turns lovely, wise, and funnyreleases her characters' voices to speak the truth of lives they'd likely never have otherwise been able to share. And what lives they are. SKINSHIP charts the underlying power and deep humanity of those remanded to be bodega owner's wives, arranged brides, hospice workers, and caretakers, all with inner realms that cascade forth under Choi's careful gaze.

Quote: Adam Johnson

A debut story collection that introduces us to a master of the form. SKINSHIP, and the intricate, lovingly rendered characters in it, will stay with me forever. Yoon Choi has a fan for life.

Quote: Nathan Englander

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