Greta Jung narrates a collection of surreal fable-like stories translated from the original Korean. They hold a warped mirror up to contemporary life. From the first story, a bizarre and dark tone is set as a young woman is confronted and haunted by a horrific animated head that rises into her toilet from the sewers. None of the stories are similar, and Jung maintains the sense of strangeness as each examines the stomach-turning evils besetting contemporary life. Character voices are lively and dynamic, but occasionally Jung slips into an affectless narration when trying to capture the wry, witty authorial voice. The collection is unsettling but is written and narrated in an oddly engrossing way that makes it difficult to hit pause. J.M.M. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2023]
Digital Download Algonquin Books 2022
DD ISBN 9781649041449 $24.98
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