Description'Mesmerising, dreamlike and prescient in its sharpness and attentiveness to the dynamics between women and the male and female gaze'
Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
'Darkly beautiful, VIOLETS explores the toll of abandonment and relentless marginalisation'
Frances Cha, author of If I Had Your Face
' Violets lavishes attention on the kind of person who often slips through the cracks, unseen or ignored. There is a beauty and a bravery in speaking for small lives'
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You
'Has a way of seeing past the smooth surface of societal appearance and into the fragile, obscure psychological space that lies just beneath'
Alexandra Kleenman, author of Something New Under the Sun
'An intimate portrait of isolation and unspoken desire. Darkly poetic, dreamlike and meditative'
Adelle Stripe, author of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile
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.
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.
A story of desire and violence about a young woman who everyone forgot, VIOLETS is a captivating and sensual read, full of tragedy and beauty.
Orion Publishing Co
14 April 2022
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