Violets by Kyung-Sook Shin
Firstly, a huge thank you to W&N for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date: 14/04/2022
Length: 218 pages
Genre: Translated Fiction | Korean Fiction | Contemporary Fiction
We join San in 1970s rural South Korea, a young girl ostracised from her community. She meets a girl called Namae, and they become friends until one afternoon changes everything. Following a moment of physical intimacy in a minari field, Namae violently rejects San, setting her on a troubling path of quashed desire and isolation.GoodReads
We next meet San, aged twenty-two, as she starts a job in a flower shop. There, we are introduced to a colourful cast of characters, including the shop’s mute owner, the other florist Su-ae, and the customers that include a sexually aggressive businessman and a photographer, who San develops an obsession for. Throughout, San’s moment with Namae lingers in the back of her mind.