Synopsis: A death, a lie, a secret. For twenty-six summers he didn’t have the courage to face the past. Lee Hanjo is an artist at the peak of his fame, envied and celebrated. Then, on his forty-third birthday, he awakens to find that his devoted wife has disappeared, leaving behind a soon-to-be-published novel she’d secretly written about the sordid past and questionable morality of an artist with a trajectory similar to Hanjo’s. It’s clear to him that his life is about to shatter and the demons from his past will come out. But why did his wife do it? Why now?
The book forces Hanjo to reflect on a summer from his youth when a deadly lie irreversibly and tragically determined the fates of two families.
From master storyteller J. M. Lee, comes an unforgettable novel of hidden truths, denials, and their inevitable repercussions. Everyone still left standing from that terrible summer so long ago must finally reckon with the deceptions that started it all and, twist after shocking twist, reap both the suffering and the vindication that comes with revenge.
BROKEN SUMMER: A Novel
By J.M. Lee
Translated by An Seon Jae
Amazon Crossing; September 1, 2022
Mystery/Thriller | 256 pp. | Paperback: $14.95, ISBN#: 978-1662505041;
Kindle: $4.99, ISBN#: 978-1662505058
Broken Summer by J.M. Lee is a literary drama with enough lies and twists to appeal to most mystery fans. Hanjo is an artist who awakes one morning to find his home in order, but his wife missing. As he tries to figure out where she might be (and why) we are taken back in time to a tragic event from his past. There is plenty of family drama here, and enough secrets to keep you guessing as to what actually happened up until the end. A very different read for me, but I enjoyed it.
About the Author
J. M. Lee’s books have sold millions of copies in his native Korea. He is the author of Painter of the Wind, the historical mystery that launched his career and was adapted into a popular and award-winning television series in Korea; The Boy Who Escaped Paradise; The Investigation, nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and among the final six books selected for the Italian literary prize Premio Bancarella; and BROKEN SUMMER, an instant bestseller in Korea and currently in production as a television series.
About the Translator
An Seon Jae is an award-winning translator who was born in England in 1942. He has lived in Korea since 1980 and took Korean nationality in 1994. He has published fifty collections of translated modern Korean poetry under the name Brother Anthony and currently translates contemporary Korean fiction under his Korean name. He is a professor emeritus at Sogang University and a chair professor at Dankook University in Seoul, and he has been a member of the Community of Taizé in France since 1969.
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