Here from Seoul, where she is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at the Underwood International College of Yonsei University is Krys Lee with an extraordinary first novel, How I Became a North Korean (Viking). “With How I Became a North Korean, Krys Lee takes us into urgent and emotional novelistic terrain: the desperate and tenuous realms defectors are forced to inhabit after escaping North Korea. With heart and passion, Lee forges a world no other writer could create, one where the only response to longing and loss is learning to trust and hope again.” -Adam Johnson. “Terrifying, poetic, and precise, How I Became a North Korean captures the crushing human cost of fleeing a dictatorship.” -Blaine Harden. Krys Lee has won awards and praise for her short fiction, including the collection, Drifting Home. She was a finalist for the BBC International Short Story Award, and received the Rome Prize and Story Prize Spotlight Award. She is also a widely published essayist and translator, with work in the Guardian, Granta, World Literature Today, and Narrative, among other publications. This should be special.