Join us for a virtual event on Women & Children First’s Crowdcast Channel celebrating the release of Skinship, the highly anticipated story collection by Yoon Choi. Yoon will be in conversation with Nathan Englander.
An exquisite debut short story collection from a breathtakingly new voice—centered on a constellation of Korean American families, these stories announce the debut of a master of short fiction. Author Yoon Choi explores the Korean American experience at its interstices: where first and second generations clash or find common ground; where meaning falls in the cracks between languages; where relationships bend under the weight of tenderness and disappointment; where displacement turns to heartbreak. These are snapshots of the lives of an indelible array of individuals: musicians, housewives and pastors, children and grandparents, owners of the dry cleaners and the mini-marts. Suffused with a profound understanding of humanity, SKINSHIP is a searing look at the failure of intimacy to show us who the people we love truly are.
Yoon Choi was born in Korea and lives with her husband and four children in Anaheim, CA. She has an MA from Johns Hopkins and is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Her stories and essays have appeared in New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Narrative Magazine, and The Best American Short Stories 2018 (selected by Roxane Gay).
Nathan Englander’s most recent novel is kaddish.com. He is also the author of the Dinner at the Center of the Earth, the collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, as well as the internationally bestselling story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases (all published by Knopf/Vintage). He was the 2012 recipient of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for What We Talk About. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University and lives with his family in Toronto.