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FRANCES CHA is a former CNN editor in Seoul and Hong Kong. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College’s MFA Writing Program and Columbia University and currently resides in Brooklyn. IF I HAD YOUR FACE is her first novel.
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Kyuri is an achingly beautiful woman with a hard-earned job at a Seoul “Room Salon”, an exclusive underground bar where she entertains businessmen while drinking. Though she prides herself on her cold, clear outlook on life, an impulsive mistake threatens her livelihood.
Kyuri’s roommate Miho is a talented artist who was raised in an orphanage but received a scholarship to study art in New York. When she returns to Korea after college, she finds herself in a precarious relationship with the heir to one of the country’s largest conglomerates.
Down the hall from their building lives Ara, a hairstylist whose two main activities support her: an obsession with a boy band pop star, and a best friend who’s saving up for extreme plastic surgery she hopes will change her life.
And Wonna, one floor below, is newly married and trying to have a baby that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise in Korea’s brutal economy.
Together, their stories tell a compelling story that is both unknown and unmistakably universal, in which their tentative friendships may turn out to be what ultimately saves them.
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I loved the exquisite use of language in this novel. The design and characterization of the author’s world are top notch. I think only a Korean-American who lived in Korea could write such a novel about what life is like for real young women in South Korea. She strips away the bright and happy facade of South Korea and reveals the sad and bleak reality of life for women in South Korea: any man will betray her. Every man who hasn’t betrayed them either: A) he hasn’t betrayed them yet, or B) he has already betrayed them and they don’t know it yet.
I felt very connected to these characters (especially Kyuri the maid and Ara the mute hairdresser) and wanted to know what was happening to them. I wanted a happy ending wrapped in a loop, but instead the story just ends. At first I was frustrated and thought maybe the author just didn’t know how to end the story and tie the plot lines together.
However, after some reflection, I think she was implying that because of the way Korean society is organized, nothing will change for these women. They will still have to use their feminine beauty and cunning to manipulate men if they want to succeed and prosper because they cannot trust men at all. You can only trust your friends, but that’s not enough. In a society controlled by men, they desperately need to do anything (plastic surgery, prostitution, manipulation, etc.) for men to help them survive.
I think the ambiguous open ending suggests that nothing will change for them. Their life will continue to be hard, they will continue to do their best to attract men in order to survive when in the end it is useless and only their girlfriends and family will stay with them until the end.
I read an interview with Francis Cha in which he said that he has no intention of translating the novel into Korean. I can understand perfectly! If he did, the South Korean government would likely renounce his citizenship there and he would face a lot of hate. This is what happens when you hold a mirror up to the dirty secrets of a society.
I find this book very readable. It’s a nice counterweight to all those sanitized images of South Korea that we see in K-Dramas and K-Pop videos. Life there is very ugly and depressing for a woman behind all the plastic surgery, cosmetics and fashion. I wish these four young women and their friends could have a happy ending, but Francis Cha did not write a fairy tale. Its end corresponds to reality.
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