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, New York Times Bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry

“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, and was reluctant to part with her at the novel’s close. A lovely, romantic, haunting book.”

–SARAH WATERS, Booker Prize-nominated New York Times best-selling author of Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, and The Little Stranger

“The very talented Samuel Park weaves a compelling, vivid story of one family’s evolution that deftly mirrors Korea’s development from ancient country to modern society.”

–JANICE Y. K. LEE, New York Times bestselling author of The Piano Teacher

“Samuel Park’s astonishing novel This Burns My Heart provides mesmerizing perspective into the life of a Korean wife and lover, intricate and intimate as only a woman’s secret life can be.”

–JENNA BLUM, New York Times best selling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers

This Burns My Heart is at once a passionate and sensitive love story and a fascinating historical novel set against the cultural dislocations of a rising South Korea.  In his heroine Soo-Ja, Samuel Park has created an emotionally resonant character that readers will root for and long remember.”

–JOHN BURNHAM SCHWARTZ, Bestselling author of The Commoner and Reservation Road

“This Burns My Heart never loses touch with the human passion at the core of its epic romance.  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 and Golden Child

“This Burns My Heart captured me with a heroine who is both irresistible and flawed, and engrossed me with increasing twists in a triangle of love and sacrifice. The story explores how a fateful choice colors a decade of marriage, and challenges a young woman’s ambition already constrained by traditional Korean culture. Samuel Park paints all the flavors of post-war Korea in this vivid debut, and his understanding and expression of the human heart is universal.”

–EUGENIA KIM, author of The Calligrapher’s Daughter

“Both an epic love story and an intimate depiction of life in post-war Korea, Samuel Park’s novel introduces a singular heroine whose passions, struggles, and triumphs are mirrored in our own. Park is one of those rare writers whose talent transcends the limits of race and gender.”

–WENDY LEE, author of Happy Family


“A paean to youth, love, longing, and literature, SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS is evocative and bittersweet.”

–CURTIS SITTENFELD, New York Times best-selling author of Prep and American Wife

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