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If I Had Your Face - 
      Frances Cha

If I Had Your Face

'Assured, bold, and electrifying' Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of MALIBU RISING

«Make way for Frances Cha, an entrancing new voice who guides us into the complexities and contradictions of modern-day Seoul... <b>I devoured it in a single sitting, and so will you.</b>»

'Gripping' Curtis Sittenfeld * 'Electrifying' Taylor Jenkins Reid * 'Remarkable' Kevin Kwan * 'Stunning' Sunday Times * 'Brilliant' Pandora Sykes

In South Korea, where impossible beauty standards and ruthless social hierarchies dictate your every move, four women are balancing on a razor's edge:

Kyuri, a beautiful 'room salon' girl paid to entertain wealthy businessmen after hours. Les mer
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'Gripping' Curtis Sittenfeld * 'Electrifying' Taylor Jenkins Reid * 'Remarkable' Kevin Kwan * 'Stunning' Sunday Times * 'Brilliant' Pandora Sykes

In South Korea, where impossible beauty standards and ruthless social hierarchies dictate your every move, four women are balancing on a razor's edge:

Kyuri, a beautiful 'room salon' girl paid to entertain wealthy businessmen after hours.
Miho, an artist whose life becomes enmeshed with the offspring of the super-wealthy elite.
Ara, a hairstylist whose obsession with a K-pop star leads her to violent extremes.
Wonna, their neighbour, pregnant with a child that she can't afford.

Set in the drinking dens and beauty salons of Seoul, If I Had Your Face is an electrifying debut novel about female strength, resilience and the solace that friendship can provide.

'Cha's writing always crackles . . . Touching, compelling and icily cool' Observer

'Fascinating, eye-opening, compelling - like the film Parasite, If I Had Your Face is also an expose of the class system in South Korea' Independent

'Absolutely stunning. . . Assured, bold, and electrifying' Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sunday Times bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX and MALIBU RISING

'One of the buzziest debuts of the year, If I Had Your Face transports readers to glittering, futuristic Seoul... Essential reading' Vogue

'Culturally fascinating, emotionally layered, gripping and smart' Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of PREP and AMERICAN WIFE

'Glittering, engrossing' Helen Oyeyemi, author of GINGERBREAD

'Remarkable, brilliantly crafted and devastatingly exquisite' Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of CRAZY RICH ASIANS

LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2021

«Make way for Frances Cha, an entrancing new voice who guides us into the complexities and contradictions of modern-day Seoul... <b>I devoured it in a single sitting, and so will you.</b>»

«<b>I love the way Frances Cha rotates between mindsets to look at how beauty and privilege influence the way women live, whilst maintaining a sly lightness</b>»

«<b>Cha's striking first novel follows four young women in Seoul, South Korea trapped in a sphere of impossible beauty standards</b>»

Oprah Magazine, Most Anticipated Books of 2020

«<b>A story of four women in Seoul and the way that economic and social realities determine the paths available to them</b>»

The Millions, Most Anticipated

«<b>An intimate, panoramic debut... </b>An enthralling read from the very first page.»

«<b>A provoking, ultimately inspiring tale of women pushing back against oppressive customs both traditional and new </b>. . . Frances Cha, like her quartet of narrators, has a rebel's heart»

«<b>An endearing story of female friendship staged against a backdrop of elitism, sexism and the relentless quest for cosmetic perfection... Enthralling</b>»

Vanity Fair

«<b>An insightful, powerful story from a promising new voice</b>»

Publishers Weekly

«<b>Cha's timely debut deftly explores the impact of impossible beauty standards and male-dominated family money on South Korean women</b>»

Kirkus

«<b>An eye-opening story of female friendship set against the brutal beauty standards of south Korea </b>»

Glamour

«<b>Mesmerizing... </b>weaves together the complexities and contradictions of modern-day Seoul, in an ultimately <b>uplifting story of women living in defiance of oppressive customs</b>»

Dazed

«<b>A gripping tale at once unfamiliar and unmistakably universal</b>»

BookRiot

«<b>A gripping portrait of four young women in South Korea</b>... its focus on the tangled and complicated nature of female friendship is universally familiar and fascinating»

Refinery 29

«<b>Hypnotising... you won't want to put it down until the very last page</b>»

Harper's Bazaar

«<b>You'll find sisterhood at the heart of this ambitious book </b>»

New York Times Book Review

«<b>Fascinating, eye-opening, compelling</b> - like the film <i>Parasite, </i>If I Had Your Face is also an exposé of the class system in South Korea»

Independent

«<b>Absolutely stunning . . . Assured, bold, and electrifying, <i>If I Had Your Face</i> marks the entrance of a bright new voice in fiction</b>»

«<b>Culturally fascinating, emotionally layered, gripping and smart</b>»

«<b>If you loved <i>Crazy Rich Asians</i> or <i>Daisy Jones And The Six </i>then this is going to be right up your street</b>»

Grazia

«<b>I stayed up til 4am two nights in a row, absolutely riveted and astonished. Remarkable, brilliantly crafted and devastatingly exquisite</b>»

«<b>A brilliant debut</b>»

The High Low Podcast

«<b>Each voice in this quartet cuts through the pages so cleanly and clearly that the overall effect is one of dangerously glittering harmony. </b>The tale told here is as engrossing as a war chant, or a mosaic formed with blades, every piece a memento sharpened on those unyielding barriers between us and our ideal lives.»

«<b><i>If I Had Your Face</i> is hilarious, cuttingly observant, feminist, and all-around delightful.</b> It is hard to write a book about four protagonists and make you care for all of them-yet somehow Cha succeeds.»

«<b>One of the buzziest debuts of the year, <i>If I Had Your Face</i></b><b> transports readers to glittering, futuristic Seoul</b>. <b>Essential reading</b> in what Jia Tolentino memorably called the age of Instagram face.»

Vogue

«<b>Compelling, understated, casually brutal, and very cynical. I love it.</b>»

«<b>Troubling, kaleidoscopic, and hugely enjoyable</b>»

«<b>It's difficult to believe this is Frances Cha's first novel-she's a masterful storyteller. I couldn't put IF I HAD YOUR FACE down; I was riveted by the stories of four young women navigating life in the extreme, competitive environment of modern Seoul</b>. I loved reading about a world I knew nothing about, and from the first page, it was clear Cha was the best possible guide. <b>I highly recommend this novel. </b>»

«<b>Wonderful... unsettling and deeply affecting - </b>the writing is beautifully spare, and captures with such clarity what it means for these four young women to be taught to hope for everything and yet continuously to receive nothing»

«<b><i>If I Had Your Face </i>is a vivid, eviscerating depiction of social realism in contemporary Seoul. </b>Frances Cha renders gender and class struggles with forensic detail, in a luminous voice both knowledgeable and compelling.»

«<b>I loved this book.</b> <b>It offers a fascinating window on a place and culture I knew little about, and yet from the first page it was intensely relatable</b> - I recognised these women like friends, colleagues or sisters. Invigorating in its honesty and near-filmic in its descriptive power,<b> <i>If I Had Your Face</i> is brilliantly-drawn tableau of the universalities of womanhood, the pressures we grapple with, and the way female bonds can carry us through. </b>»

Frances Cha is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Columbia MFA program, and a former travel & culture reporter for CNN in Seoul. She currently lives in New York City with her family.