Length: 288 Pages
'Absolutely stunning . . . Assured, bold, and electrifying, If I Had Your Face marks the entrance of a bright new voice in fiction' Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sunday Times bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX
'Engrossing... Each voice in this quartet cuts through the pages so cleanly and clearly that the overall effect is one of dangerously glittering harmony' Helen Oyeyemi, author of GINGERBREAD
A glitteringly dark and unsettling debut novel about four young women struggling to survive in South Korea
If I Had Your Face plunges us into the mesmerizing world of contemporary Seoul - a place where extreme plastic surgery is as routine as getting a haircut, where women compete for spots in secret 'room salons' to entertain wealthy businessmen after hours, where K-Pop stars are the object of all-consuming obsession, and ruthless social hierarchies dictate your every move.
Navigating this hyper-competitive city are four young women balancing on the razor-edge of survival: Kyuri, an exquisitely beautiful woman whose hard-won status at an exclusive 'room salon' is threatened by an impulsive mistake with a client; her flatmate Miho, an orphan who wins a scholarship to a prestigious art school in New York, where her life becomes tragically enmeshed with the super-wealthy offspring of the Korean elite; Wonna, their neighbour, pregnant with a child that she and her husband have no idea how they will afford to raise in a fiercely competitive economy; and Ara, a hair stylist living down the hall, whose infatuation with a fresh-faced K-Pop star drives her to violent extremes.
'Troubling, kaleidoscopic, and hugely enjoyable' Nell Zink, author of THE WALLCREEPER, NICOTINE and MISLAID
'Excellent... Unsettling and deeply affecting' Rosie Price, author of WHAT RED WAS
'I devoured it in a single sitting, and so will you' Janice Lee, NYT Bestselling Author of THE PIANO TEACHER
ONE OF THE EVENING STANDARD'S 'BEST BOOKS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2020'
Length: 288 Pages
Absolutely stunning . . . Assured, bold, and electrifying, If I Had Your Face marks the entrance of a bright new voice in fiction
Wonderful... unsettling and deeply affecting - the writing is beautifully spare, and captures with such clarity what it means for these four young women to be taught to hope for everything and yet continuously to receive nothing
Each voice in this quartet cuts through the pages so cleanly and clearly that the overall effect is one of dangerously glittering harmony. The tale told here is as engrossing as a war chant, or a mosaic formed with blades, every piece a memento sharpened on those unyielding barriers between us and our ideal lives.
Troubling, kaleidoscopic, and hugely enjoyable
Make way for Frances Cha, an entrancing new voice who guides us into the complexities and contradictions of modern-day Seoul... I devoured it in a single sitting, and so will you.
It's difficult to believe this is Frances Cha's first novel-she's a masterful storyteller. I couldn't put IF I HAD YOUR FACE down; I was riveted by the stories of four young women navigating life in the extreme, competitive environment of modern Seoul. I loved reading about a world I knew nothing about, and from the first page, it was clear Cha was the best possible guide. I highly recommend this novel.
An intimate, panoramic debut... An enthralling read from the very first page.
I loved this book. It offers a fascinating window on a place and culture I knew little about, and yet from the first page it was intensely relatable - I recognised these women like friends, colleagues or sisters. Invigorating in its honesty and near-filmic in its descriptive power, If I Had Your Face is brilliantly-drawn tableau of the universalities of womanhood, the pressures we grapple with, and the way female bonds can carry us through.
Compelling, understated, casually brutal, and very cynical. I love it.
Cha's striking first novel follows four young women in Seoul, South Korea trapped in a sphere of impossible beauty standards