Join us for a Korean Luncheon Adventure with Patricia Park, author of the New York Times Editor's Choice, Re Jane.Our Korean Luncheon Adventure will be a wonderful afternoon spent experiencing new & exotic flavors at Buga Korean BBQ, with author Patricia Park. Re Jane, Patricia's debut novel and a New York Times Editor's Choice, as well as, a Library Journal's Best Book, tells the story of a young woman who learns, through her journey from Queens to Brooklyn to Seoul and back again, the importance of balancing two cultures and choosing to live for oneself. Join Patricia as she gives insight into her personal journey that led to Re Jane, a book that critics are deeming "...a cheeky, clever homage to Jane Eyre with touching meditations on Korean-American identity...Park’s clever one-liners, and her riffs on cultural identity will resonate with any reader who’s ever felt out of place". Your Adventure includes a Korean meal, drink, tax & gratuity, book discussion, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet the author up close & personal in an intimate & authentic setting.
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 12:00 pm
Venue: Buga Korean BBQ
5580 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117
About the Event
About the Books and Authors
Patricia Park is the author of the debut novel Re Jane (Penguin, May 2015). She was born and raised in Queens and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. She received her BA in English literature from Swarthmore College and her MFA in fiction from Boston University. She has taught writing at Boston University, Ewha Womans University Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation, and CUNY Queens College. She was a Fulbright scholar to South Korea, an Emerging Writers fellow with The Center for Fiction, and a Fellow with the American Association of University Women. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Guardian, Daily Beast, Slice Magazine, and others. Her media appearances include MSNBC "Book Report," NPR "Here and Now," WNYC "Brian Lehrer," and CBS Radio. Re Jane is a bright, comic story of falling in love, finding strength, and living not just out of obligation to others, but for one’s self. For Jane Re, half-Korean, half-American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she’s been trying to escape from her whole life. Sardonic yet vulnerable, Jane toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle’s grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi (a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation). Desperate for a new life, she’s thrilled to become the au pair for the Mazer-Farleys, two Brooklyn English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter. Inducted into the world of organic food co-ops and nineteenth–century novels, Jane is the recipient of Beth Mazer’s feminist lectures and Ed Farley’s very male attention. But when a family death interrupts Jane and Ed’s blossoming affair, she flies off to Seoul, leaving New York far behind. Reconnecting with family, and struggling to learn the ways of modern-day Korea, Jane begins to wonder if Ed Farley is really the man for her. Jane returns to Queens, where she must find a balance between two cultures and accept who she really is.