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Samuel Park

Korean-American author Samuel Park was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil until the age of fourteen. His novel This Burns My Heart was chosen as a “Best Book of 2011” by Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, and BookPage. It was named one of NPR’s “Freshest Reads” and Today’s “Favorite Things,” and has been translated into four languages. He is an assistant professor of English at Columbia College and lives in Chicago. Visit Samuel Park at SamuelPark.com.
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This Burns My Heart

The story of young woman in South Korea in the 1960s who is asked to make an irredeemable choice that changes her life completely when she makes the wrong one.

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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Be bold, and mighty forces shall come to your aid

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I don't like letting people down

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Oh, wow." "Huh." "Okay."

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Shakespeare's audience

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Author Voices

May 23, 2011

Jane Austen’s talents as a social satirist and as an anthropologist of manners place her comfortably on the large scale canvas of the 18th British novel; yet, her skills as a miniaturist, as a portraitist of small, individual transactions, hint at the paradox at the heart of her genius. Austen takes the carnivalesque, more unwieldy impulses of the genre, containing a multitude of intersecting characters, of varying moral fiber, their intentions at cross-purposes, while still providing exquisitely drawn individual scenes, one after another, probably hundreds of them.

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