The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness
Date: September 2015
Duration: 13 hours 0 minutes
The highly anticipated release of the most personal novel by Kyung-sook Shin, who first burst onto the literary scene with the New York Times bestseller Please Look after Mom
Homesick and alone, a teenage girl has just arrived in Seoul to work in a factory. Her family, still in the countryside, is too impoverished to keep sending her to school, so she works long, sunless days on a stereo assembly line, struggling through night school every evening in order to achieve her dream of becoming a writer.
Korea’s brightest literary star sets this complex and nuanced coming-of-age story against the backdrop of Korea’s industrial sweatshops of the 1970s and takes on the extreme exploitation, oppression, and urbanization that helped catapult Korea’s economy out of the ashes of war. But it was girls like Shin’s heroine who formed the bottom of Seoul’s rapidly changing social hierarchy, forgotten and ignored.
Richly autobiographical, The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness lays bare the conflict and confusion Shin faces as she confronts her past and the sweeping social change of the past half-century. Cited in Korea as one of the most important literary novels of the decade, this novel cements Shin’s legacy as one of the most insightful and exciting writers of her generation.
“A successful yet troubled South Korean writer looks back on her teenage years and her struggle to work, learn, and survive during ‘solitary days lived inside an industrial labor genre painting’…There’s a hypnotic quality to this melancholy coming-of-age story…Allusive and structurally sophisticated, it melds Shin’s characteristic themes of politics, literature, and painful experience into a mysteriously compelling whole.”—Kirkus Reviews