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8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster by Mirinae Lee

8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster by Mirinae Lee

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At the Golden Sunset retirement home, it is not unusual for residents to invent stories.

So when elderly Ms Mook first begins to unspool her memories, the obituarist listening to her is sceptical. Stories of captivity, friendship, murder, assumed identities and spying. A life that moves from WWII Indonesia to Busan during the Korean war; from cold-war Pyongyang to a Protestant church in China.

The adventures are so colourful and various, at times so unbelievable. Surely they can't all belong to the same woman. Can they? As playful and thought-provoking as it is compelling, as brutal and harrowing as it is achingly poignant and tender, this is a novel about love and war, deceit and betrayal, about identity, storytelling and the trickery required for survival.

Publication: 4 May 2023, Little Brown, Virago

ISBN: 9780349016740

Extent: 304 pages

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