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Kim, Suki. THE INTERPRETER. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 304 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most important literary debuts of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Korean-American author Suki Kim's first novel. "A spare and often terrifying novel that centers on New York City's Korean community. Rich in detail and grim in outlook, it introduces Suzy Park, a 29-year-old interpreter, whose work involves her in agencies throughout the five boroughs. A routine translating job reveals that her parents were not murdered by random violence, as the police had indicated, but instead had been shot by political enemies. The novel tracks her investigation into what really happened. As she delves, she discovers Korean gangs, gambling and prostitution rings, and an insular culture with its own rules and practices" (Library Journal). "As Park's investigations lead closer to the truth, the novel's gloom becomes a luminous darkness and the latter-half has an almost hypnotic effect" (Publishers Weekly). An absolute "must-have" title for Suki Kim collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and placed in black pen on the title page by the author: "Suki Kim NYC". It comes with the FSG promotional card, also very prominently and beautifully signed, dated (shortly after publication), and inscribed in black pen by the author: "Thank you for your lovely note. It makes me tremendously happy knowing that the book is finding its readers out there, such as yourself. Best wishes to you. Sincerely, Suki Kim, March 21, 2003". As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing and publisher's promotional card available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. A rare signed set thus. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine set. (SEE ALSO ADAM JOHNSON TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374177139. $60.00

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