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Skinship

By: Yoon Choi
Narrated by: Greta Jung,Intae Kim,Jennifer Kim,Sue Jean Kim,Raymond J. Lee,Keong Sim,Janet Song,Jennifer Yun
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Publisher's Summary

WINNER OF THE PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE • LONGLISTED FOR THE STORY PRIZE • The breathtaking debut of an important new voice - centered on a constellation of Korean American families

“To encounter these achingly truthful, beautiful stories of newcomer Americans is like gazing up at the starry vault of a perfect night sky; it’s immediately dazzling and impressive, and yet the closer and deeper you look, the more you appreciate the sheer countless brilliance.” Chang-rae Lee, author of My Year Abroad

A long-married couple is forced to confront their friend's painful past when a church revival comes to a nearby town ... A woman in an arranged marriage struggles to connect with the son she hid from her husband for years ... A well-meaning sister unwittingly reunites an abuser with his victims.

Through an indelible array of lives, Yoon Choi explores where first and second generations either clash or find common ground, where meaning falls in the cracks between languages, where relationships bend under the weight of tenderness and disappointment, where displacement turns to heartbreak.

Skinship is suffused with a profound understanding of humanity and offers a searing look at who the people we love truly are.

©2021 Yoon Choi (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize

Maureen Corrigan/Fresh Air Top 10 Book of the Year 

An NPR Book Best Book of the Year 

Kirkus Best Book of the Year 

"Extraordinary.... Magical.... Reading Choi’s stories reminds me of how I felt when I first read the works of other singular sensations like Kevin Wilson or Karen Russell, writers who do things with language and storytelling that no one else has quite done before.... It’s Choi’s approach, the way her stories unexpectedly splinter out from a single life to touch upon decades of family history shaped by immigration, that makes them something special.... All these stories are standouts, but the title story is in a class of its own.” (Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air/NPR)   

"Beautiful.... A rich and engaging new voice.... With refreshing amplitude, patience, and (dare I say) wisdom, Choi’s stories explore the complexities of her characters’ diverse experiences.” (Claire Messud, Harper’s)   

"In every sense of the word 'skinship', there is an element of affection, one that seeps through every page of Choi’s debut.... Choi’s characters live, forget, make bonds, break them, heal them or not. Their affections are no less deep for the circumstances that often separate them from one another." (New York Times Book Review

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My favorite from this year!

This is one of the most beautifully written books of our time. I can’t say enough good things about it!

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Truly masterfully written. The details…the very specific choices the author made makes each story so realistic. I have somehow found that I relate to these characters. Like I’ve stepped into their heads! I get so immersed in each short story that I’m sad when each is over. I think each short story could be expanded into a book.

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Intimate stories to remind us how much we share.

I was unexpectedly captivated by the stories in this collection. The book was recommended by Maureen Corrigan on the Fresh Air podcast so I gave it a try. In spite of my having almost no connection with Korean culture, the lives of these characters seemed relatable and the descriptions and thoughts drew me into the past, present, and sometimes, the imagined future of my new acquaintences. I especially liked "Map of the Simplified World" and "The Art of Losing." These were not the same stories Corrigan highlighted so there is much here for everyone.

I took one star off "performance" only because in the first one or two stories the characters sounded so completely American with no hint of accent that they seemed miscast. In hindsight this was perhaps intentional. Maybe a re-listen would change my mind.

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Phenomenal The Author for me is a amalgam ofChech

Chechov Dostoyevski Murakami and Pico Iyer I thought I wrote more than fifteen words not quite it looks like Title does not count😜
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