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    A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, South Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies, and K-pop mania

    “Powerful and provocative...a novel about female strength, spirit, resilience - and the solace that friendship can sometimes provide.” (The Washington Post)

    Named One of the Best Books of the Year by Time • NPR • Esquire • Bustle • BBC • New York Post InStyle 

    Kyuri is an achingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at a Seoul “room salon”, an exclusive underground bar where she entertains businessmen while they drink. Though she prides herself on her cold, clear-eyed approach to life, an impulsive mistake threatens her livelihood.

    Kyuri’s roommate, Miho, is a talented artist who grew up in an orphanage but won a scholarship to study art in New York. Returning to Korea after college, she finds herself in a precarious relationship with the heir to one of the country’s biggest conglomerates.

    Down the hall in their building lives Ara, a hairstylist whose two preoccupations sustain her: an obsession with a boy-band pop star, and a best friend who is saving up for the extreme plastic surgery that she hopes will change her life.

    And Wonna, one floor below, is a newlywed trying to have a baby that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise in Korea’s brutal economy.

    Together, their stories tell a gripping tale at once unfamiliar and unmistakably universal, in which their tentative friendships may turn out to be the thing that ultimately saves them.

    ©2020 Frances Cha (P)2020 Random House Audio

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    "It's difficult to believe that this is Frances Cha's first novel - she's a masterful storyteller. I was riveted reading about a world I knew nothing about, and from the first page, it was clear Cha was the best possible guide." (Ann Napolitano, New York Times best-selling author of Dear Edward)

    "With graceful precision, unflinching honesty, and intimate compassion, Frances Cha writes, in exacting detail, of the desperation and dreams of five young women in modern-day Korea.... A haunting novel of intelligence and sensitivity." (Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of Rabbits for Food)

    "Each voice in this quartet cuts through the pages so cleanly and clearly that the overall effect is one of dangerously glittering harmony.... As engrossing as a war chant, or a mosaic formed with blades, every piece a memento sharpened on those unyielding barriers between us and our ideal lives." (Helen Oyeyemi, author of Gingerbread)

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