Snow Hunters: A Novel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: August 2013
Duration: 3 hours 44 minutes
In spare, evocative prose, Snow Hunters traces the extraordinary journey of Yohan, a 25-year-old North Korean POW refugee who defects from his country at the end of the Korean War, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life in a port town on the coast of Brazil.
Though he is a stranger in a strange land, throughout the years in this town, four people slip in and out of Yohan’s life: Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor for whom he works, and who has his own secrets and a past he does not speak of; Peixe, the groundskeeper at the town church; and two vagrant children named Santi and Bia, a boy and a girl, who spend their days in the alleyways and the streets of the town. Yohan longs to connect with these people, but to do so he must sift through the wreckage of his traumatic past so he might let go and move on.
In Snow Hunters, Yoon proves love can dissolve loneliness; that hope can wipe away despair; and that a man who lost a country can find a new home. This is a heartrending story of second chances, told with unerring elegance and absolute tenderness.
Paul Yoon’s Once The Shore established this young writer as one of the most promising of his generation. His debut novel cements that status.