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Once the Shore (2009) [Collection]
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With Once the Shore, Paul Yoon delivers an astonishing debut of linked short stories set on a South Korean island.

Spanning over half a century—from the years just before the Korean War to the present—the eight stories in this collection reveal an intricate and unforgettable portrait of a single place in its entirety. An elderly couple embark on a fishing boat in a harrowing journey to find their son, hoping that he has survived a bombing in the Pacific. A Japanese orphaned woman's past revisits her with devastating consequences in a wartime hospital. A case of mistaken identity compels a husband and wife to question the foundation upon which their lives have been built. An AWOL American soldier finds refuge in a small farming community, unknowingly endangering its inhabitants. And in the celebrated title story, a horrific accident at sea becomes the catalyst for an unlikely friendship between an American widow and a young waiter at a coastal resort.

These stories capture, with lyrical precision, the moments in which lives shift and unravel—where loss is ultimately turned into a search for reconciliation, and where the silences that pass between lovers and siblings, between parents and their children, are as powerful as the reverberations of war.


  • Once the Shore
  • Among the Wreckage
  • Faces to the Fire
  • So That They Do Not Hear Us
  • The Woodcarver's Daughter
  • Look for Me in the Camphor Tree
  • And We Will Be Here
  • The Hanging Lanterns of Ido

Original title: Once the Shore
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classicsLinked Stories/novel In Stories

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Once the Shore (2009)
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Language: English

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Once the Shore (April 2009)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Louisville, KY
Publisher: Sarabande Books
ISBN: 9781932511703
Pages: 224

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