It is with tremendous joy (and a great deal of relief!) that I can finally announce to the world that Toronto's Dundurn Press has accepted for publication my new novel, Sad Peninsula, set for release in the spring of 2014. The manuscript, completed about a year ago, has been under consideration with the press since September, and I received and signed the contract earlier this week.
Sad Peninsula, set in South Korea, explores two interconnected stories: that of a former Korean “comfort woman” named Eun-young, a sex slave from the Japanese occupation who struggles with her past of rape and violence; and that of Michael, a troubled young Canadian arriving in Korea to teach ESL, whose principles and humanity are tested by Seoul’s seedy expatriate underbelly. An excerpt of the novel was published about a year ago in the literary journal The Quint, which you can read here.
Dundurn Press is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Traditionally known for its nonfiction, the press has been building out its literary fiction line over the last number of years and I'm very excited to be working with the talented editor Shannon Whibbs. Dundurn published more than 100 books last year, running the gamut from military histories and memoirs to literary novels, YA books and mysteries. By sheer volume of annual titles, it's one of the largest publishers in Canada.
So stay tuned here to the blog for more details as they develop. Needless to say, I'm very excited and will be screaming this news to the rafters in the coming weeks and months.