It was great being at Princeton Public Library’s Local Author Day! Not only did I get to be one of the featured authors, but I also got to deliver a workshop. I’m a little late with this, but for those workshoppers who wanted a copy of the syllabus/outline I used, here it is. We got some nice coverage of the event via the Princeton Packet, and I made a new Facebook friend, Ed Tseng, another author who happens to be a big tennis fan. Thank you, Princeton Public Library, for inviting me to this fine literary event.
At 40, Kevin Lee, an almost-tennis-pro-turned-club-instructor, finds out he’s adopted when he tries to donate a kidney to his less-than-deserving widower father. The only clues to Kevin’s identity are an unfinished letter from his late mother with a nude centerfold of his birthmother.
Meanwhile, his younger sister, Judy, abandons her latest temp job, but takes a not-quite-budding office romance with her: Roger is late to their first date and dismisses a telling tattoo as a youthful mistake yet proves inexplicably devoted. Reeling from recent divorces, the siblings are, well, love-love for love. Both must leave – Kevin to San Francisco in search for his birth history, Judy to Cape Cod to recover from a rattlesnake attack – in order to figure out how to be whole.
Verdict: Woo is currently two-for-two with rollicking novels about Korean American family dysfunction starring a pair of New Jersey siblings. If Woo’s 2009 debut, Everything Asian, was charming and youthful, this new work is practically middle-aged, a biting, jaw-scraping, guffaw-inducing bit of fun complete with porn stars, rebel artists, and an aging, loyal dog who just might break your heart. Perfect for devotees of impossibly serendipitous comic fiction à la Carl Hiaasen and Tom Robbins and enhanced with multi-generational, cross-cultural depth.
I came across a review of Love Love in Goodreads…and it’s very kind and thoughtful. The writer is a guy named Larry who not only read my novel but was inspired enough to write something about it. He’s got a blog and has reviewed many other books and movies (his review of Inside Out is so closely aligned with my own view that I almost feel like I wrote it!), so check it out.
The tour continues this month, where I return to my alma mater, fly to Austin for the Texas Book Festival, spend an evening in the Big Apple, and conduct a workshop in Princeton (where parts of the book are set!). Note: I was going to wrap in the Wells College reading into my Cornell visit, but that’s been rescheduled for the spring. So the tour will extend into 2016!
Love Love Book Tour, October 2015
(see the itinerary in Google Maps)
Thursday, October 8 5pm
Buffalo Street Books
The Dewitt Mall
215 N Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Saturday, October 17
Texas Book Festival
12:45-1:30pm – On Motivation with Jami Attenberg and Sloane Crosley
9:30-10:15pm – Exquisite Corpse presented by Slice Literary & PEN America