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BookStalked: Catherine Chung (Forgotten Country)

Catherine Chung’s first novel, Forgotten Country (named an Indie Next, O Magazine and Publishers Weekly pick), skillfully weaves a Korean family’s history with their rather dire present. When Janie’s sister Hannah was born in Korea, her grandmother told them that the family had lost a daughter in every generation since the Japanese occupation of Korea. When college-aged Hannah goes missing in Michigan, Janie is charged with finding her and bringing her back. Focusing on themes of family, legend, loss and immigration, the book has been called “luminous,” “gorgeous” and “inexpressibly beautiful.”

A Midwestern transplant, Catherine now lives in New York and is a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. True to her writing style, she provided me with some truly momentous and magical tales—after the jump.

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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Joy Division bassist Peter Hook will chat with Pitchfork editor Brandon Stosuy about his book Unknown Pleasures, which details the band’s incredible rise and tragic end. [POWERHOUSE ARENA]

TUESDAY: Fiction Addiction presents a Night with PEN American Center, featuring Tea Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife), Christopher Sorrentino (Death Wish), J. Robert Lennon (Familiar) and Catherine Chung (Forgotten Country). NOTE: One of these awesome readers will be this week’s BookStalkee… [2A]

WEDNESDAY: Guess who’s turning eleven! Largehearted Lit (run by famed lit blogger David Gutowski) will celebrate its 11th anniversary with Karolina Waclawiak (How to Get Into the Twin Palms), Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins), and musician John LaRosa. [WORD]

THURSDAY: Granta will launch Issue 122: Betrayal, featuring readings by Ben Marcus (The Flame Alphabet), Laura Wilkinson, Karen Russell (Swamplandia, Vampires in the Lemon Grove), and Colin Robinson. [MCNALLY JACKSON]

FRIDAY: Release party for Aria Beth Sloss’s buzzy debut, Autobiography of Us: A Novel. [BOOKCOURT]