The Long Road

"In-Suk Kim is one of the best of the new breed of socially- and politically-conscious writers to come out of Korea. She has an intense, internalized style of writing, with strong narrative skills. A short novel, The Long Road has many characteristics of a play, with the three main characters articulating their disappointments, disillusionments, anger and grief. Her characters are in turmoil, unable to reconnect or to reconcile. Life is not what they expected or hoped. Choices made are not free and clear; any decision made has consequences. The future is bleak . . .

"Kim writes in a particularly strong social and political voice. Her stories resonate with inner conflicts of the main characters, who carry with them the effects of modern Korea's upheavals—dictatorships, secret police and torture, and student uprisings. She describes cultural incompatabilities—be they social and class divisions, economic and political boundries, or gender differences . . . [Her writings] take aim at South Korea's modern social and political history for creating the country's exiles. Her stories offer no clear resolution, however, they explore how the devastation of a generation of Koreans through war and political strife has left its mark." —Korean Quarterly