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“We’ve all wondered what it’s like inside the rooms where the horrors unfold. Jimin Han’s relentless, timely A Small Revolution grabs you by the collar and pulls you inside, then back through her sympathetic character’s history to answer that question: How does a good girl end up inside a brutal disaster? How does young love become a mirage of political activism—and accident become hostage-taking and murder? Open the book; remember to breathe.” —Gwendolen Gross, author of When She Was Gone and The Orphan Sister

“On the heels of South Korea’s 1980s era pro-democracy uprisings, Jimin Han’s gripping debut novel, A Small Revolution, explores the volatile space between love and loss, desperation and deed.” —Julie Iromuanya, author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, a finalist for 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award and 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Debut Fiction Award

“Jimin Han’s debut novel, A Small Revolution, is a riveting and mysterious tale of young love, political intrigue, family secrets, and dangerous obsession rendered in prose so gripping I couldn’t put it down.” —Joy Castro, author of The Truth Book and Hell or High Water

“With exquisite precision, Jimin Han’s A Small Revolution transforms the claustrophobic confines of an unfolding hostage crisis into an expansive meditation on the collisions between past and present, hope and fear, life and death. Elegant, elegiac, and unsettling, each new page offers insight and revelation.” —Steve Edwards, author of Breaking into the Backcountry

“Jimin Han’s A Small Revolution packs a big punch. With a front story taken from the headlines of gunmen on college campuses and a haunting backstory of events in Korea, our protagonist is forced into walking a tightrope between two worlds, as well as the past and present.” —Alan Russell, author of Lost Dog

About the Author

Jimin Han received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College and her BA from Cornell University. Her work appears in NPR’s Weekend America, Entropy, the Rumpus, HTMLGiant, The Good Men Project, Kartika Review, The NuyorAsian Anthology, and KoreanAmericanStory.org, among others. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and lives outside New York City with her husband and children.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1389 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503939723
  • Publisher: Little A (1 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GFJZB8A
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For me, reading this novel was like experiencing a dream. I alternated between curiosity, frustration, and elation. Curiosity, because I am unfamiliar with Korean culture; frustration, because as the reader, I could do nothing but witness Lloyd’s descent into madness without ever actually understanding his mind; elation, because despite her troubled childhood, Yoona has a chance to be happy.

This is what good writing does—it stretches you until you can hear your muscles tearing. I’ll be honest. At first, I was a little put off by the short passages that seemed more like journal entries than chapters. But as I followed Yoona in her attempt to come to terms with her current predicament—being held hostage by a former friend—I discovered a history I had little knowledge of. And I also learned of the pain immigrants can feel when trying to assimilate in this purported land of opportunity.

A SMALL REVOLUTION is powerful. And, like a dream, every reader is bound to experience it differently.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 206 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of literary and suspense--with an ending filled with surprising-but-inevitable twists! 25 April 2017
By Angie - Published on Amazon.com
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I downloaded A Small Revolution to read on an upcoming trip, and I made the mistake of sampling the first few pages just to see what it was like. I say it was a mistake because I got hooked in so quickly that I ended up reading the whole thing instead of packing or running errands to get ready for the trip! Jimin Han's novel is my favorite type of novel: literary suspense, with a strong suspense/mystery that pulls you in quickly and keeps you turning the pages (is Yoona's boyfriend really being held hostage in North Korea, as Lloyd claims, or is he dead? Will Yoona and her friends make it out alive?) and combines that with beautiful writing and deep dives into complex, fascinating characters. I especially loved the final 1/4 of the novel. There were several twists that I did not see coming (but as soon as I read them, I smacked my head and went, "Of course!!!!"), which made me grip the book and rush to finish it.

I read some of the negative reviews and didn't really understand them. There are so many novels these days (especially thrillers) that go back and forth between the present and flashbacks, which is what this book does. It's true that the chapters are very short, so it can be a little disorienting at first to go back and forth so many times and so quickly, but it doesn't take long to get used to that style. And I thought Yoona's narration style of talking to her boyfriend created an intimate voice that I found compelling. It's true that those elements of the novel (along with other quirks, like Lloyd's dialogue when he holds the girls hostage being set in all-caps) are not run-of-the-mill things you see in most novels, but to me, that only makes the novel more interesting and fun to figure out!
91 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down, the best Kindle First pick I've made so far 2 April 2017
By RedRedtheycallmeRed - Published on Amazon.com
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This books opens with a tense situation, four college women are being held hostage by Lloyd Kang. As the story unfolds, it goes back and forth between the hostage situation and the previous summer in South Korea where Yoona (one of the hostages) meets Lloyd and Jaesung.

The story touches on a lot of powerful subjects: political activism, domestic violence, gun violence, abortion, mental illness, young love, and stalking.

Yoona's romance with Jaesung is sweet and a little unsettling. Jaesung and Lloyd are friends who very much want to get involved in the political protests in South Korea, Yoona is reluctant and scared. The book takes place in the mid-80's, so when Yoona gets word that Jaesung has been killed in an accident, she wants information. But how does that happen in the 80's? There's no internet, no YouTube, even international phone calls were complicated (not to mention expensive). So Yoona is left with microfiche in the library, and Lloyd's theories/first person accounts.

The book isn't very long, and as more and more gets revealed the tension really ratchets up! I'm glad I had a nice rainy afternoon that I could spend reading, I didn't want to put it down. The characters in this book will stay with me for awhile.
115 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So worth the read! 1 April 2017
By Cindy B. (ThoughtsFromAPage) - Published on Amazon.com
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A Small Revolution is a heavier book then I usually choose, but it was well worth the read. The book is not very long which is good because once you start it, you will not want to put it down! Heartbreaking and gripping, A Small Revolution vacillates between an earlier revolution in South Korea and a present-day college dormitory room in Pennsylvania. Han writes so vividly that I could feel the horror the students felt at being trapped in their small room with a gunman. She also conveys Yoona’s backstory beautifully and hauntingly. What an amazing debut novel! You will not want to miss this book – be prepared to be drop everything else you are doing. I will be thinking about Yoona and her story for days to come. I look forward to Jimin Han’s next book already.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stretching You Until Your Muscles Tear 30 April 2017
By Steven Ramirez - Published on Amazon.com
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For me, reading this novel was like experiencing a dream. I alternated between curiosity, frustration, and elation. Curiosity, because I am unfamiliar with Korean culture; frustration, because as the reader, I could do nothing but witness Lloyd’s descent into madness without ever actually understanding his mind; elation, because despite her troubled childhood, Yoona has a chance to be happy.

This is what good writing does—it stretches you until you can hear your muscles tearing. I’ll be honest. At first, I was a little put off by the short passages that seemed more like journal entries than chapters. But as I followed Yoona in her attempt to come to terms with her current predicament—being held hostage by a former friend—I discovered a history I had little knowledge of. And I also learned of the pain immigrants can feel when trying to assimilate in this purported land of opportunity.

A SMALL REVOLUTION is powerful. And, like a dream, every reader is bound to experience it differently.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 14 April 2017
By Adrienne - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this book. The chapters were short so it felt like I read it very quickly. The story kept me interested. I wish the ending had given more information but overall it was a good book.
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