Join us for the launch party for If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim. For this event, Crystal will be interviewed by Julia Fine.
When the communist-backed army from the north invades her home, sixteen- year-old Haemi Lee, along with her widowed mother and ailing brother, is forced to flee to a refugee camp along the coast. But for a few hours each night, she can escape her tragic circumstances with her childhood friend, Kyunghwan. Focused on finishing school, Kyunghwan doesn’t realize his older and wealthier cousin, Jisoo, has his sights set on the beautiful and spirited Haemi. Haemi marries Jisoo, becoming first a wife and then a mother, for the sake of her family’s security. Richly told and deeply moving, If You Leave Me is an emotionally riveting portrait of war and refugee life, a passionate and timeless romance, and a heartrending exploration of one woman’s longing for autonomy in a rapidly changing world.
Crystal Hana Kim holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and an MS in education from Hunter College. She has received numerous awards, including PEN America’s Story Prize for Emerging Writers, along with fellowships and support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is currently a writing instructor for Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America and a contributing editor at Apogee Journal. Born and raised in New York, she currently lives in Chicago.
Julia Fine received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their son. Her debut novel What Should Be Wild published earlier this year.