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Almond: A Novel by [Won-pyung Sohn, Sandy Joosun Lee]
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An Amazon Best Book of May 2020: I’m just going to say it: This novel made me laugh, wince, hold my breath with anticipation, and cry. I couldn’t put it down. When Yunjae sees another kid getting beat up in an alley, he just stares. He doesn’t intervene, he doesn’t run away. Pages later, we learn this Korean boy’s inability to express or understand emotion (including anger, which he has plenty reason to feel) is due to a mental disorder. The reality of Yunjae’s condition is pushed to the limits in this brilliantly fresh novel. As he comes of age, an unimaginable tragedy strikes his family, and Yunjae must navigate the world on his own—high school, running his mother’s bookstore, teenage brawls, and an emotion he has never understood: love. Violence threatens him at every turn, but it is precisely his disability that allows him to survive. Filled with heart-aching sentences and stunning moments of resilience and care (when you learn why he eats almonds, I defy you not to feel a pang), Won-pyung Sohn’s debut novel examines a world in which connection trumps emotion and loyalty becomes more than a feeling.—Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review
Editors' pick: Won-pyung Sohn’s debut novel examines a world in which connection trumps emotion and loyalty becomes more than a feeling."—Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor

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“Won-pyung Sohn understands that those who think, feel, and communicate differently aren't society's villains, they are its saviors. Her writing possesses seemingly unlimited empathy and tenderness.”  (Madeleine Ryan, author of A Room Called Earth )

Almond is a tour de force -- deeply engaging, engrossing, and troubling -- a poignant allegory of the contemporary Korean condition that marks the debut of a new international talent." (Heinz Insu Fenkl, author of Memories of My Ghost Brother and translator of The Nine Cloud Dream by Kim Man-jung )

“In her debut novel, director and screenwriter Sohn makes the bold decision to choose an emotionally constricted first-person narrator, but the risk pays off. With the aid of a skillful translation…the novel will appeal fully to adults, but mature young readers who must cope in their everyday lives with the struggles of late adolescence will find themselves identifying with Yunjae and moved by his plight. A sensitive exploration of what it's like to live at life's emotional poles.”  (Kirkus Reviews)

“Delicate and heartbreaking. Like peeling a fruit, Sohn bares human emotion and questions the human condition with a gentle hunger.”  (-Jamie Marina Lau, author of Pink Mountain on Locust Island)

“In what might be the first novel to feature a protagonist with alexithymia—an inability to identify and express one’s feelings—Korean novelist Sohn’s affecting debut arrives stateside. Raised by his grandmother and mother who worked diligently to guide him through everyday social interactions, Yunjae at 15 is effectively orphaned…. As Yunjae risks communication and connection, the eponymous almond—the undeveloped amygdalae of his brain—takes seed, and gives Yunjae the courage to claim 'an entirely different story. New and unknown.' Winner of the prestigious Changbi Prize for Young Adult Fiction in Korea, Sohn presents a 15-year-old neurodiverse protagonist with much resonance.” (Booklist (starred review)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07WSCKCH5
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperVia (May 5, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 5, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1177 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book .
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5.0 out of 5 stars The power of empathy and vulnerability
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Reviewed in Brazil on October 13, 2020
I am Brazilian and unfortunately I didn't find any version in Portuguese. But still this became to be my favorite book of all times. It's now in first place with Sidarta (Herman Hesse). When it comes to translation I keep worryun if the author is loyal to the original language. Thats exactly what happens here. The reading is as smooth as cotton candy, so beautiful that I read it for two days in a row. And congratulations to the author! I felt like a part of you and your concerns were placed so carefully in each line. And finally, as a psychologist I really loved this narrative. Its all about the power of empathy and vulnerability in relationships. I hope to see your book in my country's bookstores someday and also, I hope to meet you and talk more about those beautiful boys of yours.
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