“Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety flings open a window onto a family – an entire world – largely unknown to non-Koreans …. ‘Don’t worry, be happy,’ went the infectious ’80s hit, a line that both mocks and honours the world so finely rendered in this 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 has a powerful emotional core …. A welcome breath of fresh air.” – Now Magazine
Book Club Pick of the Month for March 2017 – Simon & Schuster Canada
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.
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