I’ll be making the rounds again this winter and spring with my second novel Love Love in tow. On deck is my hometown reading at the Warren County Community College! Fitting that the reading will happen on Valentine’s Day week.
Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:30pm
Visiting Authors Series
Warren County Community College
with Michael Broek
And when spring comes around, I’ll visit these two fine institutions.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Wells College Visiting Writers Series
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Writing Workshop (1-3:30pm) [registration]
Reading and Q&A (4-4:45pm)
West Windsor Arts Center
West Windsor, NJ
All of these events are, thankfully, within driving distance. No need to break out the Google Maps itinerary doohickie this time.
Huge thanks to the lovely folks at Booklist who chose Love Love as one of the titles for this year. It’s not every day that I get to share a list with Jonathan Franzen, Lauren Groff, and Anne Tyler! Here’s what they had to say about their picks:
The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.
And here’s the blurb for mine.
Love Love. By Sung J. Woo. Soft Skull, $15.95 (9781593766177).
Their father’s medical crisis reveals shocking lies and fractures in the lives of siblings Judy Lee, a 38-year-old temp who once dreamed of being an artist, and former tennis pro Kevin in Woo’s sharp, astute, and stunning novel of aging, loss, and disillusion.
Booklist, you made my year.
It was great being at Princeton Public Library’s Local Author Day! Not only did I get to be one of the featured authors, but I also got to deliver a workshop. I’m a little late with this, but for those workshoppers who wanted a copy of the syllabus/outline I used, here it is. We got some nice coverage of the event via the Princeton Packet, and I made a new Facebook friend, Ed Tseng, another author who happens to be a big tennis fan. Thank you, Princeton Public Library, for inviting me to this fine literary event.
Thank you, Terry Hong of Smithsonian BookDragon, for loving Love Love! This review was for Library Journal, and it came out on 10/15/2015.
At 40, Kevin Lee, an almost-tennis-pro-turned-club-instructor, finds out he’s adopted when he tries to donate a kidney to his less-than-deserving widower father. The only clues to Kevin’s identity are an unfinished letter from his late mother with a nude centerfold of his birthmother.
Meanwhile, his younger sister, Judy, abandons her latest temp job, but takes a not-quite-budding office romance with her: Roger is late to their first date and dismisses a telling tattoo as a youthful mistake yet proves inexplicably devoted. Reeling from recent divorces, the siblings are, well, love-love for love. Both must leave – Kevin to San Francisco in search for his birth history, Judy to Cape Cod to recover from a rattlesnake attack – in order to figure out how to be whole.
Verdict: Woo is currently two-for-two with rollicking novels about Korean American family dysfunction starring a pair of New Jersey siblings. If Woo’s 2009 debut, Everything Asian, was charming and youthful, this new work is practically middle-aged, a biting, jaw-scraping, guffaw-inducing bit of fun complete with porn stars, rebel artists, and an aging, loyal dog who just might break your heart. Perfect for devotees of impossibly serendipitous comic fiction à la Carl Hiaasen and Tom Robbins and enhanced with multi-generational, cross-cultural depth.
Review: “Fiction,” Library Journal, October 15, 2015