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Publisher's Summary

Highly acclaimed by critics, The Foreign Student is the story of a young Korean man, scarred by war, and the deeply troubled daughter of a wealthy Southern American family. 

In 1955, a new student arrives at a small college in the Tennessee mountains. Chuck is shy, speaks English haltingly, and on the subject of his earlier life in Korea he will not speak at all. Then he meets Katherine, a beautiful and solitary young woman who, like Chuck, is haunted by some dark episode in her past. Without quite knowing why, these two outsiders are drawn together, each sensing in the other the possibility of salvation. Moving between the American South and South Korea, between an adolescent girl’s sexual awakening and a young man’s nightmarish memories of war, The Foreign Student is a powerful and emotionally gripping work of fiction.

©2009 Susan Choi (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A beautiful story

This was so well written! I was immersed in the characters and was on the edge of my seat when Chuck’s past was illuminated. They led very different lives, yet Chuck and Katherine both knew loss, secrets and experienced being outsiders. I definitely recommend!

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Waste of time.

This story contains vulgar language, pedophilia, and has nothing to redeem it. A waste of time.

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Couldn’t even finish

After nine hours in a couldn’t go further. Another 21 hours seemed like it would be torture. No apparent plot unfolded, lots of seemingly unneeded character details. The narrator’s voice was soporific, so not a book to listen to while commuting Gave up. First time ever to do so.

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Boring

Nothing to catch my interest . No literary clues, suspense, drama, romance, it felt like the story of a robot. The monotone presentation was very mechanical, Which is probably why it gave it such a robotic fuel. I read Pachinko which is a five star novel try that one instead.

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An emotional journey

Well done presentation of a difficult period in history, as detailed by one young man’s journey. Prepare for many characters (some likable, some not). I recommend this.

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Thoughtful Story

narrator did great job except made Chang/Chuck sound unintelligent. I liked how he said "no," though. Good story, and provoded insite into the Korean War.

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Wonderfully rich writing

Vivid descriptions of people and places make this unusual story about a Korean student at a small Southern college in the late 1950s a surprisingly rich narrative. Beautifully narrated. A great Audible Prime Catalog selection!

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Interesting Korean war era story, good read.

Although I found the timeline a bit confusing at times, the story was quite compelling and the historical background interesting. I did frankly find the Love story a bit unusual and then perplexing. Of course there's no accounting for chemistry, ever.