Author, Yoojin Grace Wuertz, Friday April 21, 2017 7:30-8:30am
Yoojin Grace Wuertz was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to the United States at age six. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and an MFA in fiction from New York University. EVERYTHING BELONGS TO US is her debut novel, which was selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice. She lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and son.
Yoojin’s mom and aunt are the owners of Sylvan Grace Florist in Leonia http://sylvangrace.com/
Grace will talk about her novel, read a passage and answer questions about her book. Please visit her website for more information: http://yoojingracewuertz.com/
Editorial Reviews of Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz
“The intertwined lives of South Korean university students provide intimacy to a rich and descriptive portrait of the country during the period of authoritarian industrialization in the late 1970s. [Yoojin Grace] Wuertz’s debut novel is a Gatsby-esque takedown, full of memorable characters.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
“Wuertz’s masterful novel traces the paths of two friends who come from very different backgrounds, but whose trajectories have taken them to the same point in time. This is a story of love and passion, betrayal and ambition, and it is an always fascinating look at a country whose many contradictions contribute to its often enigmatic allure.”—Nylon
“Less a debut and more an arrival, this arresting first novel from Yoojin Grace Wuertz brings to life a South Korea poised on the brink of transformation and the young people caught up in its turbulence. . . . Readers will easily draw parallels between the South Korean generation pictured here and today’s millennials, both groups of young people set to inherit sink-or-swim social orders with huge gaps in wealth. . . . Powerful and absorbing, Everything Belongs to Us introduces a new and compelling voice.”—Shelf Awareness
“Hauntingly relevant . . . hums with exquisite tensions . . . The novel reveals an exciting place and time, in the catalytic sense, and all the more-so for us as visitors who are surrounded by its echoes—class, sex, race—even now.”—Paste
“Engrossing . . . Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[A] memorable debut . . . Wuertz crafts a story with delicious scenes and plot threads.”—Publishers Weekly
“An absorbing debut destined for major lists and nominations.”—Booklist
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