The Prospect Interview #139: South Korea in fiction

Writing about the world of K-pop, room salons, and contemporary Seoul

July 21, 2020
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Frances Cha had been a journalist in Seoul for several years, reporting on the culture and trends in South Korea’s megacity for CNN. Then, she decided to turn to fiction, exploring the worlds she came to know so well in her novel If I Had Your Face. Her debut explores the lives of four women living in Seoul, and takes a forensic look at the many challenges faced by millennials living in the ever-changing city today. She joins the Prospect Interview to talk about making the leap from reporting to fiction, uncovering a hidden side of South Korea, and why she hopes readers might take from her novel. 

If I Had Your Face is published by Viking, Penguin


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