Tongue: A Novel

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An erotically charged, elegantly written novel that marks the first publication in English of author Jo Kyung-ran, a glamorous literary star in Korea who has earned comparisons to Haruki Murakami, Banana Yoshimoto, and Alessandro Baricco.

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Emotionally raw and emphatically sensual, Tongue is the story of the demise of an obsessive romance, and a woman's culinary journey toward self-restoration and revenge. When her boyfriend of seven years leaves her for another woman, the celebrated young chef Jung Ji-won shuts down the cooking school she ran from their home and sinks into deep depression, losing her will to cook, her desire to eat, and even her ability to taste. Returning to the kitchen of the Italian restaurant where her career first began, she slowly rebuilds her life, rediscovering her appreciation of food, both as nourishment and as sensual pleasure. She also starts to devise a plan for a final, vengeful act of culinary seduction. Tongue is a voluptuous, intimate story of a gourmet relying on her food-centric worldview to emerge from heartbreak, a mesmerizing, delicately plotted novel at once shocking and profoundly familiar.

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Author Kyung-Ran Jo
Publisher Bloomsbury USA
Page Count 212pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.25
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date June 23, 2009
ISBN 978-1596916517

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