At the lawless border between North Korea and China, three young lives converge in the hope of a better future. Yongju is an accomplished student from a prominent but recently disgraced family; Jangmi has had to fend for herself since childhood, and now has her unborn child to protect; Danny is a Chinese-American teenager who yearns for the China of his childhood. But danger is everywhere: government informants, thieves, people smugglers, abductors and even missionaries are a threat. As the three form an adopted family in the struggle to survive, will they reach the safety and freedom that China seems to offer? Inspired by the author's own experiences while working in the border area, How I Became a North Korean is a powerful story of peril and hope.
The debut novel from Krys Lee, author of the much-loved story collection, Drifting House
Krys Lee is the author of the short story collection Drifting House and How I Became a North Korean. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize and the Story Prize Spotlight Award, the Honor Title in Adult Fiction Literature from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association, and a finalist for the BBC International Story Prize. Her fiction, journalism, and literary translations have appeared in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Narrative, San Francisco Chronicle, Corriere della Sera, and The Guardian, among others. She lives in Seoul, South Korea, where she is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at Yonsei University, Underwood International College. Find out more on kryslee.com or follow her on Twitter @krysleewriter.