by Cha, Frances | South Korea
Published 24/06/2021 by Penguin Books Ltd in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 288 pages
‘Gripping’ Curtis Sittenfeld * ‘Electrifying’ Taylor Jenkins Reid * ‘Remarkable’ Kevin Kwan * ‘Stunning’ Sunday Times * ‘Brilliant’ Pandora Sykes
In South Korea, where impossible beauty standards and ruthless social hierarchies dictate your every move, four women are balancing on a razor’s edge:Kyuri, a beautiful ‘room salon’ girl paid to entertain wealthy businessmen after hours. Miho, an artist whose life becomes enmeshed with the offspring of the super-wealthy elite. Ara, a hairstylist whose obsession with a K-pop star leads her to violent extremes.
Wonna, their neighbour, pregnant with a child that she can’t afford. Set in the drinking dens and beauty salons of Seoul, If I Had Your Face is an electrifying debut novel about female strength, resilience and the solace that friendship can provide.
‘Cha’s writing always crackles . . . Touching, compelling and icily cool’ Observe
r’Fascinating, eye-opening, compelling – like the film Parasite, If I Had Your Face is also an expose of the class system in South Korea’ Independent
‘Absolutely stunning. . Assured, bold, and electrifying’ Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sunday Times bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX and MALIBU RISING