WellRead February Selection: Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim

Introducing February's book Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim - an expansive and mesmerising story of love, war and redemption set against the backdrop of the Korean independence movement.

This ambitious debut follows the intertwined fates of a young girl sold to a courtesan school and the penniless son of a hunter. It's everything you want from historical fiction - epic, wise, lush, immersive, rapturous! It reminded us of a mix between Pachinko and Homegoing and we would not use those comparisons lightly.

From the perfumed chambers of the courtesan school to the glamorous cafes of a modernising Seoul, the complicated and compelling characters of Beasts of a Little Land unveil a world where friends become enemies and enemies become saviours, where heroes are persecuted and beasts take many shapes.

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