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Beasts of a Little Land

Juhea Kim

An epic story of love and war, set during the turbulent decades of Korea’s fight for independence

  • 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: £8.99
  • 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)

'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

'Elegant and wise, lush and immersive, Beasts of a Little Land is Tolstoyan in its sweep and ambition as it brings to life the Korean struggle against Japanese occupation and the making of a modern nation in the first half of the 20th century. Juhea Kim is a conjurer of rare ability whose magnificent debut utterly enchants.'

Keija Parssinen, author of The Unraveling of Mercy Louis

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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