Korean American author Yuliana Kim-Grant‘s new release, A Shred of Hope, begins with the sudden death of an interracial couple (the main character, Jane Park, is Korean American, and her husband is African American) and the tragedy that ensues as we gradually learn about Jane’s broken relationship with her parents. Jane’s Korean parents, who had rejected the idea of their daughter marrying an African American man, had cut ties with her after the couple’s wedding—a wedding they did not even attend. But when the couple one day falls victim to a psychopathic gunman in the subway, the parents must go through a grieving process that is marked not only with loss, but also the guilt and regret over a relationship that can no longer be healed.
Kim-Grant received her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and now lives in New York City with her husband and son. The MV Times reports that Kim-Grant’s experiences from her own marriage helped her during the writing process: “My husband is African American and my family was taken back at first. Our relationship is fine today but I was struck by the impact of old attitudes on the complexity of America as it is today.”
A discussion and book signing event will be held on Sunday, July 17 from 4:30 to 7:30pm at Isabelle’s Beach House.
Isabelle’s Beach House
83 Sea View Avenue
Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA 02557
To buy the book, click here.