Hwang Sok-Yong, Scribe, $27.99 One of South Korea’s most renowned au­thors, Hwang Sok-Yong’s latest novel in­vites you into the life of a young girl, Bari, who es­capes hunger and death in North Korea in the 1990s. Draw­ing on an old Korean folk­tale about a princess on a quest and in­ter­twin­ing it with mod­ern life in China and Lon­don, Sok-Yong chron­i­cles Bari’s jour­ney in an en­chant­ing style that ex­plores Korean cul­ture, beau­ti­fully bal­ances re­al­ity with magic, and presents an im­mi­grant’s per­spec­tive of the world.

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