Virtual Event: David Hoon Kim and Kevin Brockmeier

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 6:00pm

Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost cover image. The title is written in what looks like layered color pencil of yellow, blue, orange, and green. There is a wavy illustration of the Eiffel Tower on the bottom right portion of the cover in the same color pencil style.
Join us on Tuesday, August 3 at 6pm PT when David Hoon Kim discusses his debut novel, Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost, with Kevin Brockmeier on Zoom!

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About Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost
In a strangely distorted Paris, a Japanese adoptee is haunted by the woman he once loved.

When Fumiko emerges after one month locked in her dorm room, she’s already dead, leaving a half-smoked Marlboro Light and a cupboard of petrified food in her wake. For her boyfriend, Henrik Blatand, an aspiring translator, these remnants are like clues, propelling him forward in a search for meaning. Meanwhile, Fumiko, or perhaps her doppelgänger, reappears: in line at the Louvre, on street corners and subway platforms, and on the dissection table of a group of medical students.

Henrik’s inquiry expands beyond Fumiko’s seclusion and death, across the absurd, entropic streets of Paris and the figures that wander them, from a jaded group of Korean expats, to an eccentric French widow, to the indelible woman whom Henrik finds sitting in his place on a train. It drives him into the shadowy corners of his past, where his adoptive Danish parents raised him in a house without mirrors. And it mounts to a charged intimacy shared with his best friend’s precocious daughter, who may be haunted herself.

David Hoon Kim’s debut is a transgressive, darkly comic novel of becoming lost and found in translation. With each successive, echoic chapter, Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost plunges us more deeply beneath the surface of things, to the displacement, exile, grief, and desire that hide in plain sight.

About David Hoon Kim
David Hoon Kim is a Korean-born American educated in France, who took his first creative writing workshop at the Sorbonne before attending the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Stegner Program. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Brins d'éternité, Le Sabord and XYZ La revue de la nouvelle. He has been awarded fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, the MacDowell Colony, the Elizabeth George Foundation, among others. Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost is his first book. He writes in English and in French.

Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost: A Novel By David Hoon Kim Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374229726
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 3rd, 2021

In a strangely distorted Paris, a Japanese adoptee is haunted by the woman he once loved

The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories By Kevin Brockmeier Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524748838
Published: Pantheon - March 9th, 2021

Ghost stories tap into our most primal emotions as they encourage us to confront the timeless question: What comes after death? Here, in tales that are by turn scary, funny, philosophic, and touching, you’ll find that question sharpened, split, reconsidered—and met with a multitude of answers.

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