The Mountain: Stories (Hardcover)

Staff Pick Logo
The Mountain: Stories Cover Image
On Our Shelves Now
4 on hand, as of Mar 21 1:45am

Staff Reviews

Paul Yoon, who was honored in 2010 with the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award for his first book, Once the Shore, delivers a breathtaking collection of stories worth devouring. His artful use of space and depth allow the reader an intimate connection with characters marked by trauma, loss, and the longing of identity across time and borders. Yoon uniquely binds us to our shared human history of migration and the remaking of home. He brilliantly tackles timely topics in historical settings, allowing what’s universal to emerge. In a world wanting for beauty, The Mountain is a much needed gift for the heart-weary reader. -Seth

— From Fall Booknotes 2017


A Best Books of 2017 Selection by * NPR * Publishers Weekly * Library Journal * Southern Living *

From Paul Yoon, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Once the Shore and Snow Hunters, comes a luminous collection of short stories set throughout the world--from the Hudson Valley to the Russian Far East--across periods of time after World War II.

In The Mountain, Paul Yoon displays his subtle, ethereal, and strikingly observant style with six thematically linked stories, taking place across several continents and time periods and populated with characters who are connected by their traumatic pasts, newly vagrant lives, and quests for solace in their futures. Though they exist in their own distinct worlds (from a sanatorium in the Hudson Valley to an inn in the Russian far east) they are united by the struggle to reconcile their traumatic pasts in the wake of violence, big and small, spiritual and corporeal. A morphine-addicted nurse wanders through the decimated French countryside in search of purpose; a dissatisfied wife sporadically takes a train across Spain with a much younger man in the wake of a building explosion; a lost young woman emigrates from Korea to Shanghai, where she aimlessly works in a camera sweat shop, trying fruitlessly to outrun the ghosts of her past.

Hailed by New York magazine as a "quotidian-surreal craft-master" and a "radiant star in the current literary firmament" by The Dallas Morning News, Yoon realizes his worlds with quiet, insightful, and gorgeous prose. Though each story is distinct from the others, his restrained voice and perceptive observations about violence--to the body, the landscape, and ultimately, the human soul--weaves throughout this collection as a whole, making The Mountain a beautiful, memorable read.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501154089
ISBN-10: 1501154087
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 15th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English