This is the new YA book by Kim Ryeo-ryeong, the writer of Wandeuk, Thorny Confession, and Elegant Lies.
- Book Intro
“Yeonsu has the biggest number of protectors in the world. Isn’t that great?”
The book is about a fifteen-year-old orphan girl called Yeonsu who has the biggest number of protectors in the Myeongdodan Alley, and in this story, the writer includes a message, especially for people who carry on with painful memories of the past.
In the story, everyone in the Myeongdodan alley has a hand in raising Yeonsu. Myeongdodan is an old alley by the beachside in the countryside; however, the town has decided to redevelop the area, and in the middle of this redevelopment is Daeheung Market. Yeonsu’s mother was a single mom who died after giving birth to her, and Yeonsu was left in the care of her aunt. Her aunt raised her with the help of her boyfriend’s parents, the owners of Daeheung Market. The neighbors of Myeongdodan Alley helped raise. One day a man who claims to be her father shows up, and Yeonsu ends up facing unhappiness and turmoil that falls suddenly like the downfall of a shower. The book presents small shops on the Myeongdodan Alley and how they protect their neighborhood and community as well as Yeonsu and her friends—Chamin, Wusang, and Siyeong. Yeonsu and her friends enjoy spending time at the grocery store including gobbling up ramyeon prepared by the store owners whom Yeonsu calls grandma and grandpa. The teens carry the pain of their childhood, but they do not blame others or bring down others, as they search for their future direction. When they find themselves in the midst of unexpected unhappiness, they do not lose themselves with the help of their friends and the people who care about them.
The book lets readers feel the power of solidarity of a small community of people who stick together and protect Yeonsu in their own ways. The writer calls this solidarity “the inner skin of affection.” One feels shy about expressing it, but this is what lies in the hearts of people who care and watch out for one another. Everybody’s Yeonsu is a story about the solidarity of a community overcoming one’s painful memories of the past and giving one’s best to live today.
- About the Author
(English) Kim Ryeo-ryeong studied creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, and she is a recipient of the Munhak Dongne Children’s Literature Prize, the Ha Maeseong Literary Award, and the Changbi Prize for Young Adult Fiction. Her YA book Wandeuk was hugely popular with young readers and adults alike, and it was made into a movie titled Punch. Her books include A Seahorse Lives in My Heart, Elegant Lies, The Child Who Brought Memories, Loud and Boisterous Green Apartment, and Have You Ever Seen That Person? Elegant Lies was made into the honor list by the International Board on Books for Young People in 2012.