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If I Had your Face

If I Had your Face

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"Kyuri is a heartbreakingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at a 'room salon', an exclusive bar where she entertains businessmen while they drink. Though she prides herself on her cold, clear-eyed approach to life, an impulsive mistake with a client may come to threaten her livelihood. Her 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 super-wealthy heir to one of Korea's biggest companies. Down the hall in their apartment building lives Ara, a hair stylist for whom two preoccupations sustain her: obsession with a boy-band pop star, and a best friend who is saving up for the extreme plastic surgery that is commonplace. And Wonna, one floor below, is a newlywed trying to get pregnant with a child that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise and educate in the cutthroat economy. Together, their stories tell a gripping tale that's seemingly unfamiliar, yet unmistakably universal in the way that their tentative friendships may have to be their saving grace."--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780593129463
0593129466
Branch Call Number: FIC CHA 2020
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 25 cm

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Four women living in a Seoul apartment block attempt to build lives within the restrictive confines of gender roles and the wildly unrealistic beauty standards of contemporary Korean society.


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May 04, 2021

I really wanted to like this novel but found it to be boring, shallow and lacking in any depth --- sorry!
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Viewed an interview a few years back with actress Ye Ji-won, whom I consider to be one of the most talented, along with being one of the most beautiful women on the planet and cringed when the female interviewer asked her why she never had any plastic surgery!?

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