Krys Lee makes a startling and beautiful debut with Drifting House, a collection of short stories about the human experience as seen through the filter of the differences between American and Korean cultures.
Without artifice, and without judgement, Lee picks her way through the lives that inspire her and transforms them on the page with bold, ravishing brush strokes from which you cannot look away. Innocence, pain, savagery and bliss are all portrayed with a fragile frankness that reminds us that we are all of these things, sometimes all at once. This is what it is to be human.
Whether the story is about a little boy who knows everything, or a woman who knows too much the theme seems to be a personal and unrelenting honesty or, rather, freedom through self-revelation and honesty. A thematic oldie, but a goodie.
Thanks to the generosity of the folks at Viking, I'm holding a giveaway for a brand new copy Drifting House this week.
The contest is open to US & Canadian residents until 11:59PM on Thursday, February 16th. You can only enter one time, but you can get an extra entry by linking the giveaway on Twitter (just make sure you mention @lalalalaurs)!
The contest winner will be selected randomly and an announcement will be made here on Friday, February 17th.
Click here to enter.