Synopses & Reviews
Life hits rock bottom for 12-year-old Peter Kim when his familys apartment gets burglarized and he loses his most-prized possession, an Apple computer. Las Cucarachas
documents the most important 48 hours of a young urban boys life.
”Park has created an Asian Candide, satirizing political and national fanaticism.” from Ten Magazine review of Boy Genius
Yongsoo Park is a novelist, filmmaker and playwright. His debut novel Boy Genius was recognized as a Notable Title for the 2002 Kiriyama Book Prize and as a finalist for the 2003 Asian American Literary Awards. A former Van Lier Fellowship winner at the Asian American Writers Workshop, Park was born in South Korea and now lives in Harlem with his wife.
With respect to Yongsoo Parks rollercoaster of a second novel, something should definitely be said about Holden Caulfield. Something like: Peter Kim is a modern-day, Korean-American Holden Caulfield, or even, Las Cucarachas is The Catcher in the Rye for the 80s, with significantly fewer white people. That will really tell you what Las Cucarachas is like. That said, from the first page, Parks tough-guy-with-a-soft-center narrator Peter Kim deftly sucks you into a sweaty, adolescent world filled with Atari, The A-Team, and The Last American Virgin all splashed up against the racially jumbled backdrop of 1980s New York City. T Cooper, author of Some of the Parts
Boy Genius is a modern-day Candide . . . Yongsoo Parks combination of popular culture, high ideals, comedy, and serious intent makes for a joyride of a read.Education Digest
Park has created an Asian Candide, satirizing political and national fanaticism. Ten Magazine
Award-winning author Yongsoo Park presents a powerful coming-of-age story of a young boy on the edges of New York City.
Fiction. Asian American Studies. Yongsoo Park, award-winning author of BOY GENIUS, presents a groundbreaking, stylized masterpiece documenting the most important forty-eight hours of a twelve-year-old's life. For narrator Peter Kim, life isn't easy. The thugs in his neighborhood are out to get him. His best friend suddenly hates his guts. And he's stuck wasting his summer babysitting his weirdo little brother. But things hit absolute rock bottom when his family's apartment gets burglarized and he loses his most-prized possession. With humor and social consciousness, the novel explores Asian American culture in an urban setting. Peter Kim is a "modern-day, Korean-American Holden Caulfield"--T Cooper, author of SOME OF THE PARTS.
About the Author
Yongsoo Park is a novelist, filmmaker and playwright. His debut novel BOY GENIUS was recognized as a Notable Title for the 2002 Kiriyama Book Prize and as a finalist for the 2003 Asian American Literary Awards. A former Van Lier Fellowship winner at the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Park was born in South Korea and now lives in Harlem with his wife.