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Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982: A Novel

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A New York Times Editors Choice Selection

A global sensation, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 “has become...a touchstone for a conversation around feminism and gender” (Sarah Shin, Guardian).

One of the most notable novels of the year, hailed by both critics and K-pop stars alike, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 follows one woman’s psychic deterioration in the face of rampant misogyny. In a tidy apartment on the outskirts of Seoul, millennial “everywoman” Kim Jiyoung spends her days caring for her infant daughter. But strange symptoms appear: Jiyoung begins to impersonate the voices of other women, dead and alive. As she plunges deeper into this psychosis, her concerned husband sends her to a psychiatrist. Jiyoung narrates her story to this doctor—from her birth to parents who expected a son to elementary school teachers who policed girls’ outfits to male coworkers who installed hidden cameras in women’s restrooms. But can her psychiatrist cure her, or even discover what truly ails her? “A social treatise as well as a work of art” (Alexandra Alter, New York Times), Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 heralds the arrival of international powerhouse Cho Nam-Joo.

ISBN-13: 9781631498671

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation

Publication Date: 03-02-2021

Pages: 176

Product Dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Cho Nam-joo's novel Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 was longlisted for the National Book Award in translation, was published in nineteen countries, and sold over two million copies worldwide. She lives in South Korea. Jamie Chang is an award-winning translator who teaches at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul.