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Beasts of a Little Land

Juhea Kim

As the Korean independence movement gathers pace, two children meet on the streets of Seoul. Fate will bind them through decades of love and war. They just don’t know it yet.

  • Publication date: October 6, 2022
  • ISBN: 9780861544424
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 416
  • Publication date: February 3, 2022
  • ISBN: 9780861543229
  • RRP: £16.99
  • Pages: 416
  • Publication date: December 7, 2021
  • ISBN: 9780861543236
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 416


'Beasts of a Little Land is a stunning achievement. Juhea Kim wrestles with the chaos of a half-century of love, idealism, war and violence, and does so with courage and wisdom.'


'Full of Korean myth and historical detail, it’s an immersive read for a long weekend.'


'This is historical fiction at its very best! I am astonished by Juhea's talent.'

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, internationally bestselling author of The Mountains Sing

'Stunning... Profound... This novel will devastate you and then still you with its wise meditations on love and loss. I couldn’t put it down.'

Alexis Schaitkin, author of Saint X

'Juhea Kim's sweeping debut is pure reading pleasure. Rapturous, ravishing, and gorgeously rendered, Beasts of a Little Land is a portal to a whole world teeming with life, so full of wonders I wanted it never to end.'

Catherine Chung, author of The Tenth Muse

'Beasts of a Little Land is a heartbreaking story rendered mythic by Kim’s gorgeous prose.' 

Jing-Jing Lee, author of How We Disappeared

'A magnificent, mesmerizing story of love and war… Cinematic in its scope, this is the type of novel that the reader finishes both with pleasure (for its satisfying denouement and pleasing circularity) and with sadness (at having to leave the story behind).'

New Internationalist

'Some people say that all stories are about either love or war. Set against the backdrop of early 20th-century Korea, Kim’s epic debut novel is about both.'

Harper's Bazaar US, 'Best Books of 2021'

'Covering most of the twentieth century across the Korean peninsula, Kim’s debut novel wondrously reveals broken families and surprising alliances created by uncontrollable circumstances. Kim creates multiple narrative prongs, effortlessly navigating overlaps and disconnects... Richly alluring and significant.'

Booklist (starred review)

'Gorgeous prose and unforgettable characters combine to make a literary masterpiece.'

Kirkus, (starred review)

'In Beasts of a Little Land, Juhea Kim has taken the concept of inyeon – human thread – to weave a beautiful story in which human connections and encounters are preordained. She explores the ideas of fate, fortune, and destiny against the backdrop of the great turbulence and historic events that transpired on the Korean peninsula during the twentieth century. A spectacular debut filled with great characters and heart.'

Lisa See, author of The Island of Sea Women

'Kim's dreamy, intense debut is both a sure-footed historical account of the Korean struggle for independence from Japan and the emotionally fraught story of several people whose lives are inextricably tied together... The prose is ravishing.'

Publishers Weekly

Juhea Kim

Juhea Kim was born in Incheon, Korea, and moved to Portland, Oregon, at the age of nine. She is the founder and editor of Peaceful Dumpling, an online magazine at the intersection of sustainable lifestyle and ecological literature. She earned her BA in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University. Her writing has been published in GrantaCatapultJoylandTimes Literary Supplement, IndependentZyzzyva and elsewhere, and Beasts of a Little Land is her debut novel. After a decade in New York City, Kim now lives in Portland, Oregon. 

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