If I Had Your Face
‘Gripping’ Curtis Sittenfeld * ‘Electrifying’ Taylor Jenkins Reid * ‘Remarkable’ Kevin Kwan * ‘Stunning’ Sunday Times * ‘Brilliant’ Pandora Sykes
In South Korea, where impossible beauty standards and ruthless social hierarchies dictate your every move, four women are balancing on a razor’s edge:
Kyuri, a beautiful ‘room salon’ girl paid to entertain wealthy businessmen after hours.
Miho, an artist whose life becomes enmeshed with the offspring of the super-wealthy elite.
Ara, a hairstylist whose obsession with a K-pop star leads her to violent extremes.
Wonna, their neighbour, pregnant with a child that she can’t afford.
Set in the drinking dens and beauty salons of Seoul, If I Had Your Face is an electrifying debut novel about female strength, resilience and the solace that friendship can provide.
‘Cha’s writing always crackles . . . Touching, compelling and icily cool’ Observer
‘Fascinating, eye-opening, compelling – like the film Parasite, If I Had Your Face is also an expose of the class system in South Korea’ Independent
‘Absolutely stunning. . . Assured, bold, and electrifying’ Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sunday Times bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX and MALIBU RISING
‘One of the buzziest debuts of the year, If I Had Your Face transports readers to glittering, futuristic Seoul… Essential reading’ Vogue
‘Culturally fascinating, emotionally layered, gripping and smart’ Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of PREP and AMERICAN WIFE
‘Glittering, engrossing’ Helen Oyeyemi, author of GINGERBREAD
‘Remarkable, brilliantly crafted and devastatingly exquisite’ Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of CRAZY RICH ASIANS
‘I finished it in two sittings, have re-read it twice since and I’d still happily read it again – it’s a serious contender for one of my favourite books ever.’ Red
LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2021
Absolutely stunning . . . Assured, bold, and electrifying, If I Had Your Face marks the entrance of a bright new voice in fiction -- Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX Culturally fascinating, emotionally layered, gripping and smart -- Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of PREP and AMERICAN WIFE If you loved Crazy Rich Asians or Daisy Jones And The Six then this is going to be right up your street * Grazia * Fascinating, eye-opening, compelling - like the film Parasite, If I Had Your Face is also an expose of the class system in South Korea * Independent * I stayed up til 4am two nights in a row, absolutely riveted and astonished. Remarkable, brilliantly crafted and devastatingly exquisite A brilliant debut * The High Low Podcast * Each voice in this quartet cuts through the pages so cleanly and clearly that the overall effect is one of dangerously glittering harmony. The tale told here is 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, award-winning author of GINGERBREAD If I Had Your Face is hilarious, cuttingly observant, feminist, and all-around delightful. It is hard to write a book about four protagonists and make you care for all of them-yet somehow Cha succeeds. -- Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Costa-shortlisted author of 'Starling Days' One of the buzziest debuts of the year, If I Had Your Face transports readers to glittering, futuristic Seoul. Essential reading in what Jia Tolentino memorably called the age of Instagram face. * Vogue * Compelling, understated, casually brutal, and very cynical. I love it. -- Hanna Jameson, bestselling author of 'The Last' Troubling, kaleidoscopic, and hugely enjoyable -- Nell Zink, author of THE WALLCREEPER, NICOTINE and MISLAID It's difficult to believe this is Frances Cha's first novel-she's a masterful storyteller. I couldn't put IF I HAD YOUR FACE down; I was riveted by the stories of four young women navigating life in the extreme, competitive environment of modern Seoul. I loved reading about a world I knew nothing about, and from the first page, it was clear Cha was the best possible guide. I highly recommend this novel. -- Ann Napolitano, author of DEAR EDWARD Wonderful... unsettling and deeply affecting - the writing is beautifully spare, and captures with such clarity what it means for these four young women to be taught to hope for everything and yet continuously to receive nothing -- Rosie Price, author of WHAT RED WAS If I Had Your Face is a vivid, eviscerating depiction of social realism in contemporary Seoul. Frances Cha renders gender and class struggles with forensic detail, in a luminous voice both knowledgeable and compelling. -- Sharlene Teo, author of 'Ponti' I love the way Frances Cha rotates between mindsets to look at how beauty and privilege influence the way women live, whilst maintaining a sly lightness -- Rebecca Watson, author of 'little scratch' Make way for Frances Cha, an entrancing new voice who guides us into the complexities and contradictions of modern-day Seoul... I devoured it in a single sitting, and so will you. -- Janice Lee, NYT Bestselling Author of THE PIANO TEACHER I loved this book. It offers a fascinating window on a place and culture I knew little about, and yet from the first page it was intensely relatable - I recognised these women like friends, colleagues or sisters. Invigorating in its honesty and near-filmic in its descriptive power, If I Had Your Face is brilliantly-drawn tableau of the universalities of womanhood, the pressures we grapple with, and the way female bonds can carry us through. -- Lauren Bravo, author of WHAT WOULD THE SPICE GIRLS DO? Cha's striking first novel follows four young women in Seoul, South Korea trapped in a sphere of impossible beauty standards * Oprah Magazine, Most Anticipated Books of 2020 * A story of four women in Seoul and the way that economic and social realities determine the paths available to them * The Millions, Most Anticipated * An intimate, panoramic debut... An enthralling read from the very first page. -- Ed Park, Author of PERSONAL DAYS and Hemingway Foundation / PEN Award Finalist 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 An endearing story of female friendship staged against a backdrop of elitism, sexism and the relentless quest for cosmetic perfection... Enthralling * Vanity Fair * An insightful, powerful story from a promising new voice * Publishers Weekly * Cha's timely debut deftly explores the impact of impossible beauty standards and male-dominated family money on South Korean women * Kirkus * An eye-opening story of female friendship set against the brutal beauty standards of south Korea * Glamour * Mesmerizing... weaves together the complexities and contradictions of modern-day Seoul, in an ultimately uplifting story of women living in defiance of oppressive customs * Dazed * A gripping tale at once unfamiliar and unmistakably universal * BookRiot * A gripping portrait of four young women in South Korea... its focus on the tangled and complicated nature of female friendship is universally familiar and fascinating * Refinery 29 * Hypnotising... you won't want to put it down until the very last page * Harper's Bazaar * You'll find sisterhood at the heart of this ambitious book * New York Times Book Review *
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