This month’s KCC literature event returns to an evening time slot. You can find LKL’s review of the novel here.
Tuesday 26th October 7:00PM-8:30PM (UK time)
Register via [email protected]
The translator Janet Hong and the moderator Phillip Kim will join us for a live virtual talk about Kwon yeo-sun’s novel ‘Lemon’
In the summer of 2002, nineteen-year-old Kim Hae-on was murdered in what became known as the High School Beauty Murder. There were two suspects: Shin Jeongjun, who had a rock-solid alibi, and Han Manu, to whom no evidence could be pinned. The case went cold.
Seventeen years pass without justice, and the grief and uncertainty take a cruel toll on her younger sister, Da-on, in particular. Unable to move on with her life, Da-on tries in her own twisted way to recover some of what she’s lost, ultimately setting out to find the truth of what happened.
Told at different points in time from the perspectives of Da-on and two of Hae-on’s classmates, Lemon is a piercing psychological portrait that takes the shape of a crime novel and is a must-read novel of 2021.
Kwon Yeo-sun is an award-winning Korean writer. She has won the Sangsang Literary Award, Oh Yeongsu Literature Award, Yi Sang Literary Prize, Hankook Ilbo Literary Award, Tong-ni Literature Prize and Lee Hyo-seok Literary Award. Lemon is her first novel to be published in the English language.
Janet Hong is a writer and translator based in Vancouver, Canada. She has been translating literary works by notable Korean writers, including Kang Young-sook, Han Yu-joo and Kwon Yeo-sun, for the last 20 years. Her work has appeared in Brick: A Literary Journal, Literary Hub, Asia Literary Review, Words Without Borders, and the Korea Times.
Phillip Kim is a banker turned author/publisher based in London. His debut novel Nothing Gained is a financial thriller published by Penguin Book Group in March 2013. He is currently working on his second novel and other writing projects. He has been the Managing Editor of the Asia Literary Review and served on an advisory board of London’s Asia House. He remains active in a promoting Asia-related literature events.