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Staff Pick

Paul Yoon's exquisite prose is so pure and radiant that it almost appears to float above the page. His debut novel, Snow Hunters, will put you in a dream-like state from which you won't want to wake.
Recommended by Shawn D., Powells.com

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In this elegant, haunting, and highly anticipated debut novel from 5 Under 35 National Book Foundation honoree Paul Yoon, a North Korean war refugee confronts the wreckage of his past. With spare, evocative prose, Snow Hunters traces the extraordinary journey of Yohan, who defects from his country at the end of the war, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life in a port town on the coast of Brazil.

Though he is a stranger in a strange land, throughout the years in this town, four people slip in and out of Yohan’s life: Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor for whom he works, and who has his own secrets and a past he does not speak of; Peixe, the groundskeeper at the town church; and two vagrant children named Santi and Bia, a boy and a girl, who spend their days in the alleyways and the streets of the town. Yohan longs to connect with these people, but to do so he must sift through his traumatic past so he might let go and move on.

In Snow Hunters, Yoon proves that love can dissolve loneliness; that hope can wipe away despair; and that a man who has lost a country can find a new home. This is a heartrending story of second chances, told with unerring elegance and absolute tenderness.

Review:

“Behind every subtle gesture, this novel shimmers with a deep and complex history. Snow Hunters is a beautiful and moving meditation on a solitary life.” Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto

Review:

"[A] quotidian-surreal craft-master." New York Magazine

Review:

"The brief, simple sentences that form this elegant tone poem of a novel, called Snow Hunters, have the effect of making you slow down to read them." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Yoon's debut novel began as a 500-page draft pared down to about 200 pages that reveal the same shimmering, evocative spareness of his 2009 collection, Once the Shore. The result is that rare, precious gem, with every remaining word to be cherished for the many discarded to achieve perfection. One of this year's best reads." Library Journal (Starred Review)

Review:

"Yoon's delicate prose creates a haunting perspective." Booklist

Synopsis:

Snow Hunters traces the extraordinary journey of Yohan, who defects from his country at the end of the Korean War, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life on the coast of Brazil. Throughout his years there, four people slip in and out of his life: Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor for whom he works; Peixe, the groundskeeper at the town church; and two vagrant children named Santi and Bia. Yohan longs to connect with these people, but to do so he must let go of his traumatic past.

In Snow Hunters, Yoon proves that love can dissolve loneliness, that hope can wash away despair, and that a man who has lost a country can find a new home. This is a heartrending story of second chances, told with unerring elegance and tenderness.

About the Author

Paul Yoon was born in New York City. His first book, Once the Shore, won the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Best Debut of the Year by National Public Radio, and won the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction and a 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781476714813
Author:
Yoon, Paul
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130806
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in

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Product details 208 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781476714813 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Paul Yoon's exquisite prose is so pure and radiant that it almost appears to float above the page. His debut novel, Snow Hunters, will put you in a dream-like state from which you won't want to wake.

"Review" by , “Behind every subtle gesture, this novel shimmers with a deep and complex history. Snow Hunters is a beautiful and moving meditation on a solitary life.”
"Review" by , "[A] quotidian-surreal craft-master."
"Review" by , "The brief, simple sentences that form this elegant tone poem of a novel, called Snow Hunters, have the effect of making you slow down to read them."
"Review" by , "Yoon's debut novel began as a 500-page draft pared down to about 200 pages that reveal the same shimmering, evocative spareness of his 2009 collection, Once the Shore. The result is that rare, precious gem, with every remaining word to be cherished for the many discarded to achieve perfection. One of this year's best reads."
"Review" by , "Yoon's delicate prose creates a haunting perspective."
"Synopsis" by , Snow Hunters traces the extraordinary journey of Yohan, who defects from his country at the end of the Korean War, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life on the coast of Brazil. Throughout his years there, four people slip in and out of his life: Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor for whom he works; Peixe, the groundskeeper at the town church; and two vagrant children named Santi and Bia. Yohan longs to connect with these people, but to do so he must let go of his traumatic past.

In Snow Hunters, Yoon proves that love can dissolve loneliness, that hope can wash away despair, and that a man who has lost a country can find a new home. This is a heartrending story of second chances, told with unerring elegance and tenderness.

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