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The Interpreter

A Novel

Suki Kim


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Suzy Park is a twenty-nine-year-old Korean American interpreter for the New York City court system who makes a startling and ominous discovery about her family history that will send her on a chilling quest. Five years prior, her parents--hardworking greengrocers who forfeited personal happiness for their children's gain--were brutally murdered in an apparent robbery of their store. But the glint of a new lead entices Suzy into the dangerous Korean underworld, and ultimately reveals the mystery of her parents' homicide.

Praise For The Interpreter: A Novel

“Fascinating. . . a seductive allegory spun out in appropriately broken prose, that figures translation as detective work.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“[With] the small beautiful shiver of sadness. . . [Kim] speaks succinctly of memory, pain, isolation, and regret.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Deftly crafted, original, and fitted together by a complex, believable and interesting character, the enjoyment is intense... . .A stunning first novel. . .In these hauntingly enthralling pages, Kim expertly snaps her debut puzzle together.” —Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

“Powerful and memorable. . .engaging and haunting. . .It lingers in one's thoughts long past the last page.” —Houston Chronicle

“Bold and edgy, haunting and suspenseful. In The Interpreter Suki Kim fractures the image of the happy Asian immigrant and reassembles it shard by compelling shard.” —Manil Suri, author of The Death of Vishnu

Picador, 9780312422240, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2004

About the Author

Suki Kim was born and raised in South Korea and came to New York at the age of thirteen. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Review of Books and The New York Times. She is a graduate of Barnard College and lives in Manhattan.