The Interpreter In the strongest parts of her first novel, Kim compellingly describes the nuances of Korean immigrant life by exploring the consciousness of 29-year-old Suzy Park,… The Interpreter In the strongest parts of her first novel, Kim compellingly describes the nuances of Korean immigrant life by exploring the consciousness of 29-year-old Suzy Park,… 2003-02-02 Fiction
Book Review

THE INTERPRETER (2003)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Feb 02, 2003; Writer: Suki Kim; Genre: Fiction

In the strongest parts of her first novel, Kim compellingly describes the nuances of Korean immigrant life by exploring the consciousness of 29-year-old Suzy Park, the Americanized daughter of New York City grocers who died in an unsolved murder. Unfortunately, her launching pad for these observations amounts to nothing more than a bungled noir: While the main plot is driven almost wholly by coincidence, the subplots reek of hyperbole and caricature. (Because she slept with a professor, Suzy has ''ruined the most celebrated marriage of academia,'' and her Gay Best Friend is a piece of flaming cardboard.) It's hard to hear Kim's voice over the clanging cliches.

Originally posted Jan 17, 2003 Published in issue #691 Jan 17, 2003 Order article reprints
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