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Exploring what it means to be human through the Korean diaspora, Caroline Kim’s stories feature many voices. From a teenage girl in 1980s America, to a boy growing up in the middle of the Korean War, to an immigrant father struggling to be closer to his adult daughter, or to a suburban housewife whose equilibrium depends upon a therapy robot, each character must face their less-than-ideal circumstances and find a way to overcome them and succeed in connecting with each other. With humor, insight, and curiosity, Kim’s wide-ranging stories explore themes of culture, communication, travel, and family. Ultimately, what unites these characters across time and distance is their longing for human connection and a search for the place — or people — that will feel like home.
Caroline Kim was born in Busan, South Korea, but moved to America at an early age. She has lived on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and in Texas. She now makes her home in Northern California with her family. Her poetry and fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a wide range of literary journals and periodicals. The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories won the 2020 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was nominated for the 2021 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection.
Bay Area folks who are interested in purchasing any of Caroline Kim’s books before this talk can order directly from Books Inc. via their website.