David Hoon Kim Announces Publication of New Novel

David Hoon Kim Announces Publication of New Novel

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

David Hoon Kim (KHN alum 2011) announced that his debut novel, Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost, was published this month by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Macmillan Publishers states, "David Hoon Kim’s debut is a transgressive, darkly comic novel of becoming lost and found in translation. With each successive, echoic chapter, Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost plunges us more deeply beneath the surface of things, to the displacement, exile, grief, and desire that hide in plain sight."


"A haunting and surreal debut . . . Vividly drawn characters . . . A powerful exploration of universal feelings of loneliness and of profound disconnection from others . . . Startlingly original."
—Doug Battersby, Financial Times

"It can be tempting to read Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost as an immigrant’s tale, a doleful, beautifully written study of the confused yearnings and scars of exile. But the identity crisis here is deeper, roiled by the universal, often doomed impulse to imbue meaning where it no longer exists . . . [The narrator's] realizations land with the grace and pain of someone who knows what he’s looking for can’t be found."
—David Kim, The New York Times Book Review

"[A] hypnotic, inventive debut . . . A brilliant and absurd meditation on what it means to be haunted, and I couldn't put it down."
—Arianna Rebolini, BuzzFeed (Most Anticipated)

Links below include excerpts published in the New Yorker, a New York Times review, and the author's recent essay about working on the book and about the larger subject of anti-Asian racism in France as published by The New York Review. 

Congratulations David!