Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in New York, Rhode Island, and Ohio. Her writing can be found online at NPR’s “Weekend America,” Poets & Writers Magazine, Entropy, The Rumpus, KoreanAmericanStory.com, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, A Small Revolution, was published last year. She teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and lives outside New York City with her husband and children.
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For May, we bring you the gripping opening pages of Jimin Han's debut novel, A Small Revolution, out May 1. Weaving back and forth in time, covering love, loss, democracy, and two continents, the novel opens with a startling premise: four young women are held hostage by a gunman at a small college. The protagonist, Yoona, knows the man, and she has a complicated history with him. What unfolds is equal measure suspensful and poignant.
— Karissa Chen, Senior Literature Editor
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