Welcome to Hyunam-dong Bookshop
- About the Author
A slice-of-life novel set in a bookshop in a South Korean neighbourhood, it’s about finding acceptance and comfort in your life – with a good dose of the healing power of books.
There was only one thing on her mind.
I must start a bookshop.
Yeongju did everything she was supposed to, go to university, marry a decent man, get a respectable job. Then it all fell apart. Burned out, Yeongju abandons her old life, quits her high-flying career, divorces her husband, and follows her dream. She opens a bookshop.
In a quaint neighbourhood in Seoul, surrounded by books, Yeongju and her customers take refuge. From the lonely barista to the unhappily married housewife, and the writer who sees something special in Yeongju - they all have disappointments in their past. The Hyunam-dong Bookshop becomes the place where they all learn how to truly live.
Welcome to the Hyunam-dong Bookshop is a heart-warming story about finding comfort and acceptance in your life - and the healing power of books.
Welcome to the Hyunam-dong Bookshop sold over 110,000 copies in just five months in South Korea
Hwang Bo-reum studied Computer Science and worked as a software engineer. She wrote several essay collections: I Read Every Day, I Tried Kickboxing for the First Time and This Distance is Perfect. Welcome to the Hyunam-dong Bookshop is her first novel, which has sold over 150,000 copies in Korea and been sold into 9 territories. Before its release as a paperback, the novel was initially published as an e-book after winning an open contest co-organised by Korean content-publishing platform ‘Brunch’.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 320
Year Published: 2023
Size: 216mm x 135mm