- Book Intro
A coming-of-age novel by Sim Yungyeong, the author of My Beautiful Garden
Seol-I was a child found in a food waste bin. The baby that was discovered at dawn on a snowy New Year’s Day twelve years ago rose to fame through the media, and the orphanage that took her in gained great financial support. After her adoption was dissolved three times, however, she suffered from mutism, after which it was decided that she would live with “Aunt” from the orphanage. She transfers to Wusang Elementary School, a private school attended by the grandchildren of business tycoons and children of celebrities. Sihyeon, a kid who has everything, and Seol-I, who has nothing but a courageos spirit with which she leads a free life, come into conflict. To survive at the school, rife with violence and cover-ups, Seol-I begins to wear heavy makeup, wins all kinds of competitions for the prize money, and uses tough language. Hers is a fierce coming-of-age story.
The book is reminiscent of My Beautiful Garden, bringing to mind the profound patience of Dongu, the protagonist of the novel; in addition, it reminds one of the honesty and straightforwardness of Kim Hyena, the protagonist of Love Runs, Sim’s previous work. One can only watch Seol-I in all her ferocity, without judging, as she warns the world, saying, “I’m a savage child. I spit out all that I want to say, and if that’s not enough, I sink my teeth into your arms.” The author, not forgetting the reader who asked, “Was Dongu happy afterward?” has called forth this child, Seol-I, who is rough, fierce, and defiant, and fights against life. The clear eyes of this “impudent” child seem to ask what the meaning of true love is.
- About the Author
Sim Yun Kyung
In 2002, she became the seventh winner of the Hankyoreh Literary prize for her autobiographical coming-of-age novel, My Beautiful Garden; thus began her writing career. In 2005, she received the 6th Muyeung Literary Prize for “The Moon’s Altar.” She is the author of the following full-length novels, Yi Hyeon’s Love Story, Love is Running, and Love Completes, Seol-I and her novel in serialization, The People of Seorabeol, and a children’s book, Report on Reconciliation.
Selected by Arts Council Korea in 2019 for book sharing
selected as the book of the year in 2019 by Jinjungmungo, a selection of books for soldiers in military service