If I Had Your Face


      If I Had Your Face
A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty, secret room salons catering to wealthy men, strict social hierarchies, and K pop fan maniaEven as a girl, I knew the only chance I had was to change my face even before a fortune teller told me so Kyuri is a heartbreakingly beautiful woman with a hard won job at a room salon, an exclusive bar where she entertains businessmen while they drink Though she prides herself on her cold, clear eyed approach to life, an impulsive mistake with a client may come to threaten her livelihood.Her roomate, Miho, is a talented artist who grew up in an orphanage but won a scholarship to study art in New York Returning to Korea after college, she finds herself in a precarious relationship with the super wealthy heir to one of Korea s biggest companies.Down the hall in their apartment building lives Ara, a hair stylist for whom two preoccupations sustain her obsession with a boy band pop star, and a best friend who is saving up for the extreme plastic surgery that is commonplace.And Wonna, one floor below, is a newlywed trying to get pregnant with a child that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise and educate in the cutthroat economy.Together, their stories tell a gripping tale that s seemingly unfamiliar, yet unmistakably universal in the way that their tentative friendships may have to be their saving grace. Best Read [ If I Had Your Face ] by [ Frances Cha ] – tbjewellers.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • If I Had Your Face
  • Frances Cha
  • English
  • 27 April 2019
  • 0593129466

10 thoughts on “ If I Had Your Face

  1. says:

    Frances Cha s fascinating debut set in Seoul, South Korea, is an intimate and heartbreaking portrayal of four different flawed women, their lives and friendships, who live in the same apartment building The novel echoes many similar themes to another book I read earlier this year that focused on a close circle of four female friends, thehumorous Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu Lien Tan Cha writes of the harsh cultural norms and expectations that women are expected to adhere to, pandering Frances Cha s fascinating debut set in Seoul, South Korea, is an intimate and heartbreaking portrayal of four different flawed women, their lives and friendships, who live in the same apartment building The novel echoes many similar themes to another book I read earlier this year that focused on a close circle of four female friends, thehumorous Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu Lien Tan Cha...

  2. says:

    In the original story, the little mermaid endures unspeakable pain to gain her human legs The Sea Witch warns her that her new feet will feel as if she is walking on whetter blades, but she will be able to dance like no human has ever danced before And so she drinks the witch s potion, which slices through her body like a sword Seoul, South Korea Four women try to make ends meet in a society that has raised them with unattainable expectations, corrupted aspirations and images they haveIn the original story, the little mermaid endures unspeakable pain to gain her human legs The Sea Witch warns her that her new feet will feel as if she is walking on whetter blades, but she will be able to dance like no human has ever danced before And so she drinks the witch s potion, which slices through her body like a sword Seoul, South Korea Four women try to make ends meet in a society that has raised them with unattainable expectations, corrupted aspirations and images they have to fulfill Ara has fallen in love with a K Pop singer, her obsession adding up to her personal ordeal Miho tries to balance her upbringing and her New York experiences while dealing with her intense feelings for a handsome womanizer Wonna struggles to fulfill the expectation of being a mother Kyuri falls prey to her lust for beauty and money and sacrifices her body and,importantly, her sanity and dignity But what...

  3. says:

    If the purpose of a book is to take you to a place youve never been, then this one fulfilled that role Seoul, Korea and the young girls trying to make their way in a competitive world where beauty is the sole focus and plastic surgery is the norm This book is just heartbreaking right from the get go It delves into the lives of five young women that live in the same apartment building We hea...

  4. says:

    wow i just adored this book its very slice of life, but i found myself just falling in love with each of the girls and hoping for the best for each of them i would recommend it to anyone who loved hello my twenties this book definitely has a darkerrealistic tone, but i still think if you enjoyed one, youd enjoy t...

  5. says:

    If I Had Your Face is a searing debut that follows five young women living in the fringes of South Korean society, each struggling to make a living for themselves Few books that claim to tackle misogyny are as successfully unrelenting as this one is it s a bleak read, but also a beautiful one This seems to be pitched as a book about the Korean beauty industry, which it is and it isn t plastic surgery and makeup mostly litter the background of a couple of the narratives, as Cha focuses If I Had Your Face is a searing debut that follows five young women living in the fringes of South Korean society, each struggling to make a living for themselves Few books that claim to tackle misogyny are as successfully unrelenting as this one is it s a bleak read, but also a beautiful one This seems to be pitched as a book about the Korean beauty industry, which it is and it isn t plas...

  6. says:

    I would live your life so much better than you if I had your face.Whatever I was hoping to get out of this novel, I received just that and evenIve been especially interested in how women in other parts of the world live and interact with one another, so when I saw in the description that this was set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way, I really couldnt pass it up Though the four main characters live in close proximity, in the same building, theirI would live your life so much better than you if I had your face Whatever I was hoping to get out of this novel, I received just that and evenI ve been especially interested in how women in other parts of the world live and interact with one another, so when I saw in the description that this was set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way , I really couldn t pass it up Though the four main characters live in close proximity...

  7. says:

    I watched a video on YouTube that was all about the many plastic surgeries available in Korea It s a booming industry Really excited to see a hopefully feminist take on it in literary fiction.

  8. says:

    Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I didnt know what to expect from this book I dont read a lot of contemporary fiction, but this one caught my eye for a few reasons First, the cover Im a sucker for bright colors so that caught my attention right away Second, Im always on the lookout for books that take place in other countries Its an excellent opportunity to learn something new And third, theres nothing I loveThank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I didn t know what to expect from this book I don t read a lot of contemporary fiction, but this one caught my eye for a few reasons First, the cover I m a sucker for bright colors so that caught my attention right away Second, I m always on the lookout for books that take place in other countries It s an excellent opportunity to learn something new And third, there s nothing I lovethan a female centric narrative.The four main characters of If I Had Your Face are all women living in the same apartment building in Seoul Ara is a mute hair stylist and K pop fan whose roommat...

  9. says:

    My review is in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

  10. says:

    3.5 Set in Seoul, If I Had Your Face follows four very different young women who live in the same building Ara is a mute hairdresser who has an unexpected violent side, heightened by her obsession with a K pop star Kyuri is a former prostitute who, having transformed her looks with plastic surgery, makes lots of money at an exclusive room salon , but also has huge debts Miho, outwardly the most successful of the characters an artist who has returned to Korea after a scholarship in New 3.5 Set in Seoul, If I Had Your Face follows four very different young women who live in the same building Ara is a mute hairdresser who has an unexpected violent side, heightened by her obsession with a K pop star Kyuri is a former prostitute who, having transformed her looks with plastic surgery, makes lots of money at an exclusive room salon , but also has huge debts Miho, outwardly the most successful of the characters an artist who has returned to Korea after a scholarship in New York is haunted by memories of h...

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