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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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