Frances Cha is a former travel and culture editor for CNN in Seoul. She grew up in the United States, Hong Kong, and South Korea. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Columbia University MFA writing program, she has written for The Atlantic, The Believer, and the Yonhap News Agency, among others, and has lectured at Columbia University, Ewha Womans University, Seoul National University, and Yonsei University. She lives in Brooklyn.
"It's difficult to believe that this is Frances Cha's first novel--she's a masterful storyteller. I was riveted reading about a world I knew nothing about, and from the first page, it was clear Cha was the best possible guide."--Ann Napolitano, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Edward
"With graceful precision, unflinching honesty, and intimate compassion, Frances Cha writes, in exacting detail, of the desperation and dreams of five young women in modern-day Korea. . . . A haunting novel of intelligence and sensitivity."--Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of Rabbits for Food "Each voice in this quartet cuts through the pages so cleanly and clearly that the overall effect is one of dangerously glittering harmony. . . . As engrossing as a war chant, or a mosaic formed with blades, every piece a memento sharpened on those unyielding barriers between us and our ideal lives."--Helen Oyeyemi, author of Gingerbread "Make way for Frances Cha, an entrancing new voice who guides us into the complexities and contradictions of modern-day Seoul, a dissonant, neon world that is ripped open to bare the same universal and human challenges that face us all. I devoured this novel in a single sitting."--Janice Y. K. Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Piano Teacher "Few American novelists know Seoul the way Frances Cha does and in her intimate, panoramic debut, she brings that dazzling city to life. There are voices here you haven't heard before. . . . An enthralling read from the very first page."--Ed Park, author of Personal Days "A provoking, ultimately inspiring tale of women pushing back against oppressive customs both traditional and new . . . Frances Cha, like her quartet of narrators, has a rebel's heart."--Jonathan Dee, author of The Locals "Troubling, kaleidoscopic, and hugely enjoyable."--Nell Zink, author of Mislaid