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This Burns My Heart
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Samuel Park was an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. He graduated from Stanford University and the University of Southern California, where he earned his doctorate. He is the author of the novella Shakespeare's Sonnets and the writer-director of a short film of the same name, which was an official selection of numerous domestic and international film festivals. He is also the author of the novels This Burns My Heart and The Caregiver. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times. Born in Brazil and raised in Los Angeles, he split his time between Chicago and Los Angeles. In April 2017, Samuel Park died of stomach cancer at the age of 41 shortly after finishing The Caregiver.

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"An incredible read . . . I don't want it to end. I love it!" -Hoda Kotb, Today
"Extraordinary . . . A page-turner of a book . . . South Korea provides not only the backdrop of Soo-Ja's story, but also the context for Park's novel, which spans the decades after the Korean War to the beginning of the country's economic boom. In a sense, Soo-Ja's story parallels South Korea's development from a poor, struggling state to a gleaming Asian tiger." -Chicago Tribune
"Memorable . . . Atmospheric and exuberantly filmic . . . a simple but visceral romance in a refreshing Korean setting." -The Miami Herald
"Park does a good job of bringing the rapidly changing South Korea of the 1960s alive. As cities sprout from beanfields and rickshaws give way to Kias, the world around Soo-Ja and her family is changing at a frightening speed. . . . I especially recommend this novel to readers who were intrigued (as was I) by Lisa See's Dreams of Joy, set in postwar China. The contrast is fascinating." -The Christian Science Monitor
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This Burns My Heart
is quietly stunning-a soft, fierce story that lingers in the mind. Samuel Park is a deft and elegant writer; this is a very exciting debut." -Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife
"Vivid...atmospheric . . . Park's descriptions of antigovernment clashes and the martyrdom of a 12-year-old boy, in particular, provide eerily prescient reverberations of recent clashes in Syria." -Boston Globe
"Writing prose with the beauty of poetry, Samuel Park traces a young woman's journey to hard-won maturity, alongside the meteoric rise of post-war Korea, in a novel which shines with eloquence and wisdom." -David Henry Hwang, Tony-Award winning author of M. Butterfly
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This Burns My Heart
is a delicate yet powerful story of love, loss, and endurance. The emotional world of the heroine, Soo-Ja, is beautifully realized; I found myself caught up in her dramas from start to finish." -Sarah Waters, author of The Little Stranger and Fingersmith
"Park does a good job of bringing the rapidly changing South Korea of the 1960s alive. As cities sprout from beanfields and rickshaws give way to Kias, the world around Soo-Ja and her family is changing at a frightening speed. . . . I especially recommend this novel to readers who were intrigued (as was I) by Lisa See's Dreams of Joy, set in postwar China. The contrast is fascinating." -The Christian Science Monitor
"An understatedly brilliant tale . . . Through Soo-Ja's eyes, Park beautifully evokes 1960s war-torn South Korea." -Audrey Magazine

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