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If I Had Your Face

(2020)
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A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies, and K-pop mania
 
“Absolutely stunning . . . If I Had Your Face marks the entrance of a bright new voice in fiction.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six

ONE OF TIME’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2020

Kyuri is an achingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at a Seoul “room salon,” an exclusive underground bar where she entertains businessmen while they drink. Though she prides herself on her cold, clear-eyed approach to life, an impulsive mistake threatens her livelihood.
 
Kyuri’s roommate, Miho, is a talented artist who grew up in an orphanage but won a scholarship to study art in New York. Returning to Korea after college, she finds herself in a precarious relationship with the heir to one of the country’s biggest conglomerates.
 
Down the hall in their building lives Ara, a hairstylist whose two preoccupations sustain her: an obsession with a boy-band pop star, and a best friend who is saving up for the extreme plastic surgery that she hopes will change her life.
 
And Wonna, one floor below, is a newlywed trying to have a baby that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise in Korea’s brutal economy.
 
Together, their stories tell a gripping tale at once unfamiliar and unmistakably universal, in which their tentative friendships may turn out to be the thing that ultimately saves them.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A provoking, ultimately inspiring tale of women pushing back against oppressive customs both traditional and new . . . Frances Cha, like her quartet of narrators, has a rebel’s heart." - Jonathan Dee

"With graceful precision, unflinching honesty, and intimate compassion, Frances Cha writes, in exacting detail, of the desperation and dreams of five young women in modern-day Korea. . . . A haunting novel of intelligence and sensitivity." - Binnie Kirshenbaum

"Make way for Frances Cha, an entrancing new voice who guides us into the complexities and contradictions of modern-day Seoul, a dissonant, neon world that is ripped open to bare the same universal and human challenges that face us all. I devoured this novel in a single sitting." - Janice Y K Lee

"It’s difficult to believe that this is Frances Cha’s first novel—she’s a masterful storyteller. I was riveted reading about a world I knew nothing about, and from the first page, it was clear Cha was the best possible guide." - Ann Napolitano

"Each voice in this quartet cuts through the pages so cleanly and clearly that the overall effect is one of dangerously glittering harmony. . . . As engrossing as a war chant, or a mosaic formed with blades, every piece a memento sharpened on those unyielding barriers between us and our ideal lives." - Helen Oyeyemi

"Few American novelists know Seoul the way Frances Cha does and in her intimate, panoramic debut, she brings that dazzling city to life. There are voices here you haven’t heard before. . . . An enthralling read from the very first page." - Ed Park

"Troubling, kaleidoscopic, and hugely enjoyable." - Nell Zink


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Title: If I Had Your Face: A Novel
Author(s): Frances Cha
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June 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: If I Had Your Face: 'Assured, bold, and electrifying' Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX
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ISBN: 0-241-98635-4 / 978-0-241-98635-6 (UK edition)
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Title: If I Had Your Face
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Title: If I Had Your Face: 'Assured, bold, and electrifying' Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX
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Title: If I Had Your Face: A Novel
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July 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: If I Had Your Face
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April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: If I Had Your Face: A Novel
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Title: If I Had Your Face: A Novel
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July 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: If I Had Your Face: 'Assured, bold, and electrifying' Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX
Author(s): Frances Cha
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2020 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: If I Had Your Face: 'Assured, bold, and electrifying' Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX
Author(s): Frances Cha
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2020 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: If I Had Your Face: A Novel
Author(s): Frances Cha
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   


April 2020 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: If I Had Your Face: A Novel
Author(s): Frances Cha
Publisher: Bond Street Books
Availability: Amazon CA