“There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.” — Jane Austen
And let’s take a moment in time to meet acclaimed author A.H. Kim, in conversation with author Rosa Kwon Easton, in this Los Angeles Korean Lunch Adventure to celebrate Ann’s new book. Relative Strangers is a timely spin on Sense and Sensibility, a twenty-first-century family drama featuring two half-Korean sisters, their ex-hippie mother, multiple messy love affairs and one explosive secret that could ruin everything.
Join us at Yong Su San in Los Angeles for an authentic and delicious lunch and a lively book discussion! Experience the exquisite tastes of Korean cuisine and learn all about A.H’s witty and entertaining retelling, and how it explores love, loss, grief, and forgiveness through the perspectives of two sisters.
Your Adventure includes delicious Korean lunch, hot tea, tax, gratuity, and an opportunity to meet the authors up close and personal in an intimate setting! Pre-order your book below to be delivered to the event for signing. Copies will also be available at the event for purchase and signing.
A.H. Kim (Ann) was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. as a young child. Ann was educated at Harvard College and Berkeley Law School, where she was an editor of the California Law Review. Ann practiced corporate law for many years and served as chief of staff to the CEO and as head of investor relations at a Fortune 200 company.
Ann’s second novel, Relative Strangers is a contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility and explores themes of love, loss, grief, and forgiveness.
Amelia Bae-Wood’s life is falling apart. Unemployed, newly single and completely broke—for reasons she hasn’t told anyone yet—she finds herself hitchhiking across California to deal with the fallout of her mother’s eviction from the family estate. Amelia needs somewhere to live and time to figure out what to do with the rest of her life, so moving with her mother and sister to Arcadia, the cancer retreat center where her sister volunteers, seems like as good an idea as any.
Amelia’s sister, Eleanor, has too much on her plate, including being caught up in a court battle with a man who claims to be their half-brother from Seoul and their late father’s only son—a secret love child from his Korean youth—who’s fighting for a piece of everything that belongs to the Bae-Wood women. And when Amelia adds herself to Eleanor’s list of problems, Eleanor must figure out what to hold on to—and when to let go—before things start to unravel.
A witty, wry, and enormously entertaining retelling, the sisters’ journey of self-discovery as they reshape their lives gives this classic tale a modern, feminist twist, as it touches on themes of blended families, race, class, and wealth.
Rosa Kwon Easton is a debut author whose novels White Mulberry, and Red Seal, the sequel, will be published in a two-book deal, in winter 2024 and 2026. She is a lawyer, trustee, and former President of the publicly-elected Board of Trustees of the Palos Verdes Library District. She is an Anaphora Writing Residency Fellow and a semi-finalist for the Sunspot Lit short story award. Her work can be found in CRAFT Literary, Writer’s Digest, StoryCenter.org, and others. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she grew up in Los Angeles and lives in Palos Verdes with her husband and Maltipoo.
Yong Su San has served traditional Korean cuisine to the city of Los Angeles for thirty years. “Yongsusan” means “dragon water mountain,” the name of a mountain in Kaesung, capital of the ancient Koryo Dynasty. Yong Su San’s Master Chef and founder Sang Oak Choi was born and raised in Kaesung and mastered both the Kaesung and Royal Court styles of cooking. Yongsusan specializes in Kaesung and Royal Court cuisine, which is now special and difficult to come by even in Korea.