The Interpreter

The Interpreter

Book - 2003
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A striking first novel about the dark side of the American Dream Suzy Park is a twenty-nine-year-old Korean American interpreter for the New York City court system. Young, attractive, and achingly alone, she makes a startling and ominous discovery during one court case that forever alters her family's history. Five years prior, her parents--hardworking greengrocers who forfeited personal happiness for their children's gain--were brutally murdered in an apparent robbery of their fruit and vegetable stand. Or so Suzy believed. But the glint of a new lead entices Suzy into the dangerous Korean underworld, and ultimately reveals the mystery of her parents' homicide. An auspicious debut about the myth of the model Asian citizen, The Interpreter traverses the distance between old worlds and new, poverty and privilege, language and understanding.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374177133
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 22 cm


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Sep 10, 2014

An excellent story. Suki Kim does well creating the tone of narrator Suzy Park. I liked the insight into her job as an interpreter and into Korean culture. Good writing and nice tension.

Aug 06, 2014

What a wondrous, well-rounded novel! It drew me in as a lover of detective fiction with three-dimensional characters. As a teacher of ESL, as an adoptive Western mother of a Korean orphan, as a bilingual interpreter (though not in Korean) and as a feminist, I was pulled in by its other hooks, too. The novel has so much in it that I would've been breathless if the tone had been excited, but I would not agree with the reviewer who said it was flat. I would call it "steady", the way you want your small rowboat to be on a rough sea, so you can keep on paying attention to the journey.


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