“[An] explosive and heartfelt debut.” – Toronto Star
“A gratifying read, a story clearly and honestly told.” – Publishers Weekly
“There’s lots of heart and candour … a thoughtful examination of ties between women … Choi sifts through the forces that cause those ties to strain and even snap, and the hard work required to knit them together again.” – National Post
“Choi’s book [is] a welcome breath of fresh air.” – Now Magazine
“Ann Y.K. Choi’s exploration of the traditions and secrets of the old world as they collide with the promise and demands of the new world make this piercing and honest debut novel a must read. A deceptively clear and compelling voice signals Choi as a great new writer to watch.” – Dennis Bock, author of The Ash Garden
“A story of Korea and Canada, of parental sacrifice and filial duty, of inconceivable loss and budding literary desire, all set in a decade of Tiger Beat, Star Wars, and Cyndi Lauper, Choi’s first novel is both bittersweet and exhilarating.” – Kyo Maclear, author of Stray Love
“Ann Y.K. Choi deftly negotiates the tightrope between a teenager’s dreams in the new world and the expectations of her immigrant parents who, in honouring tradition, also know too well that the family’s future teeters on the precarious, possibly deadly livelihood of their variety store. Told in taut but measured prose, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety invites the reader into the intimate life of Mary–or Yu-Rhee, her given Korean name–and explores perennial questions of the meaning of identity and home.” – Denise Chong, author of The Concubine’s Children
This haunting coming-of-age story, told through the eyes of a rebellious young girl, vividly captures the struggles of families caught between two cultures in the 1980s. Family secrets, a lost sister, forbidden loves, domestic assaults—Mary discovers as she grows up that life is much more complicated than she had ever imagined. Her secret passion for her English teacher is filled with problems and with the arrival of a promising Korean suitor, Joon-Ho, events escalate in ways that she could never have imagined, catching the entire family in a web of deceit and violence.
Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety was released on May 3, 2016. Get your copy now.