Study of Noses, pencil drawing. - Charlotte Brontë (1816–1855), Study of Noses, pencil drawing, ca. February 1831. Brontë Parsonage Museum.
5 hours ago
Time: Book Club Favorites Panel: 10:30-11:30 am / Celebrating Diversity in Books Panel: 3:15-4 pm
Venue: Davis Gallery / Hanesbrands Theatre
Category: Panel Discussion, Fiction
Patricia Park was born and raised in Queens and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. She has taught writing at Boston University, Ewha Womans University Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation, and CUNY Queens College. She was a Fullbright scholar to South Korea and earned her MFA in fiction from Boston University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, and Slice Magazine, among others. Her first novel, Re Jane, is a Korean-American retelling of the Charlotte Brontë classic Jane Eyre, set in NYC and Seoul. The novel follows the life of Jane Re—a half-Korean, half-white orphan sent to live with her uncle in Queens. She toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle's grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi (a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation). Desperate for a new life, she's thrilled to become the au pair for Brooklyn English professors, introducing her to a world she didn't know existed. When a family death interrupts Jane's new life, she returns to Seoul, where she struggles to learn the ways of modern-day Korea, and wonders whether she is living out of obligation to others, or for herself. Re Jane is a tale from Queens to Brooklyn to the Gangnam district of Seoul and back, as she searches for "the motherland" and challenges what it means to belong.
Presented with support from the High Point University Department of English.