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The Queens of K-Town

2.97 of 5 stars 2.97  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The story of four damaged girls who love and avenge one another in the playground of New York's Korea-town.Reminiscent of Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides and Joyce Carol Oates's Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang, The Queens of K-town introduces us to twenty-six-year-old Cora Moon. She returns to New York bruised, broken-hearted, and on the verge of ending it all. ...more
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Published September 25th 2009 by M P Publishing Ltd. (first published August 17th 2007)
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Before I began reading this novel, I noticed in the author bio that this was Angela Mi Young Hur's debut novel. I'm glad I knew that ahead of time. Hur's ability to capture images with the written language is wonderful. She has a way with words that illustrates people and places and makes you be able to be one with the characters.

But, beyond that, I wasn't completely impressed. The book started off so wonderfully. Cora, the main character, moves from the OC to NYC after her mother moves back to
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Hur, with disciplined finesse, catalogs the messiness of relationships, made messier by love, loss, drink, drugs, sex, identity-crises, depression, and of course, physics. Despite all the talk of suicide, Hur's Cora has the gift of wit. A dour wit that will liven any cynical and over-educated, but all broken-up inside, twenty-to-thirty-something's lonely Friday night. The double narrative simultaneously tracks Cora's coming of age, and coming apart -- a life once crammed with people turned into ...more
Jan 01, 2008 Sandra rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wanted to hurt themselves
"Lady, You're weird." So says the little boy in the stationery store as Cora explains outerspace physics to him. KID...I AGREE!

I read the reviews on the back cover and I was sold. A NEW VOICE! FRESH! Never judge a book by its cover. This story of a Korean-American in Korea Town, Manhattan just didn't grab me or make me care about the story or the characters. I don't think it was a difference of cultures that was causing this disconnect for me, I think it was the over-wordiness of the author; th
Sep 25, 2007 Gunjan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that's interested in a young, new voice in fiction
a little self-indulgent. powerful ending, but uneven to start.

"the cliche of it all was what bothered me the most, like i was desperate to prove my authenticity like any other immigrant's kid."

"there's the trope of the suicidal asian girl that's everywhere in East asian literature, film, even pop music. A white girl kills herself and it's a senseless tragedy, a human expression of defiance or defeat. An asian girl does the same and it smacks of something cultural."
I wished I could like this first novel by a young Korean American female author. Alas, this was amateurish at best. Summarizing everything she pulled out by going back to her ethnic heritage was a recent ethnic lit market's nightmare.
From the title, I thought this book was going to be very very bad. But I have to tell you, the actual story/plot was very touching. She needs to re-work the title.
Life is too short for me to finish reading this book.
Jun 16, 2008 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not many people
narcissistic, depressing.
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I was born in L.A. and grew up in Gardena. When I was fourteen I moved east to attend Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. Then to Cambridge (Harvard), to SF (24th St. Cheese Co.), to South Bend, Indiana (MFA at Notre Dame), Brooklyn for a year, Atlanta for a few months, Long Beach, SF/Oakland, Stockholm, Seoul, and now moving back to Stockholm.

The Queens of K-town was my first novel. I'm trying to w
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