September 20, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Katherine Min ’80 will read from her debut novel, Secondhand World, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Amherst Books (8 Main St. Amherst, Mass.) This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Drawing from her own experience as the daughter of Korean parents growing up in suburban New York, Min frames a story with loss and isolation at its core. The opening finds Isadora (Isa) Myung Hee Sohn, 18, at the end of a 95-day recovery in a pediatric burn unit. The catalogue of her losses that follows is a textured and detailed web of perception—her experience both touching and bittersweet. Publishers Weekly described Secondhand World as “[a] haunting debut …. Min’s rendering of an outsider family’s tight-knit alienation is spot-on.” Min has been awarded an NEA fellowship and her story “Courting a Monk” won a Pushcart Prize. Min currently teaches at Plymouth State University and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She lives with her family in New Hampshire.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. For more information, please call 413/542-8200.