Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost: A Novel
In a strangely distorted Paris, a Japanese adoptee is haunted by the woman he once lovedWhen Fumiko emerges after one month locked in her dorm room, shes already dead, leaving a half-smoked Marlboro Light and a cupboard of petrified food in her wake. For her boyfriend, Henrik Blatand, an aspiring translator, these remnants are like clues, propelling him forward in a search for meaning. Meanwhile, Fumiko, or perhaps her doppelgnger, reappears: in line at the Louvre, on street corners and subway platforms, and on the dissection table of a group of medical students. Henriks inquiry expands beyond Fumikos seclusion and death, across the absurd, entropic streets of Paris and the figures that wander them, from a jaded group of Korean expats, to an eccentric French widow, to the indelible woman whom Henrik finds sitting in his place on a train. It drives him into the shadowy corners of his past, where his adoptive Danish parents raised him in a house without mirrors. And it mounts to a charged intimacy shared with his best friends precocious daughter, who may be haunted herself. David Hoon Kims debut is a transgressive, darkly comic novel of becoming lost and found in translation. With each successive, echoic chapter, Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost plunges us more deeply beneath the surface of things, to the displacement, exile, grief, and desire that hide in plain sight.
Author: David Hoon Kim
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: 2021-08-03