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Highway with Green Apples

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Publisher: , 2014.
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Award-winning Korean writer Bae Suah tells the story of a young woman in search of meaning as she considers her fate in modern Seoul. For this aspiring artist, there seems to be no escape from life’s monotony. After leaving her family under the pretense of having fallen in love, she resigns herself to a solitary life rather than succumb to the relentless cultural pressure she feels to exchange her freedom for marriage. Numb to sex and unmoved by love, she begins to lose her grip on reality as those around her fall short of their own aspirations. Confused about the interplay between past and present and unsure of her own desire to live into the future, Highway with Green Apples is a surreal and mesmerizing tale of a young life slowly unraveling.

LKL says:

Looking back at this brief novel I'm struggling to remember much about it other than the sense of greyness I felt when reading it.

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Read a review by Charles Montgomery here. Read a review by Tony Malone here. Entry on Goodreads.com here.

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